A part of me was like any other normal teenager…I wanted to fit in.
Clothing brand was important. Levis. Children with parents who cared at all about their child’s reputation made sure they wore them. Cut back on the groceries and the weekly hairdo. Cook at home. Just make sure it’s Levis. And shoes…Converse…high-top and preferably black. None of these generic brands from the local discount store. Work overtime if needed. Just get me Converse. And while I hated school, where I went was also important. Upon our move to a new town and my entrance into high school, my parents enrolled me in the most expensive local private school available.
But there was another part of me that thought, “I don’t care what anyone else thinks about…” Different is okay. From God’s viewpoint, that attitude is acceptable, preferable, and even expected. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD (II Corinthians 6:17 NLT). God had to repeatedly remind his people they were distinctive.
I can’t completely separate myself from sinners and sin. Both infected the world long ago when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and pass on their sinful behavior to their progeny-me included. But I can be different by staying as close to God-things as possible. When I do, being like “others” loses most of its appeal-unless they’re like God. Sinful influences will always attempt to pull us into their web, but keeping our eyes on the perfect pattern of Jesus Christ will entice us to be like him and different from the norm. Different really is okay. What will it take for you to be more like the person God created you to be? Whatever it is, he’ll provide the strength needed to succeed.
Prayer: Loving Savior, may our likenesses represent You even when they entail being different from the norms we observe in others. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR, LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE AS A MEMBER OR ANONYMOUSLY
Read more articles by Martin Wiles or search for other articles by topic below.
Search for articles on: (e.g. creation; holiness etc.)Read more by clicking on a link:
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles.
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review.
NEW - Surprise Me With an Article - Click here for a random URL
God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You
...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38
LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE
The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.