Dare to be Different

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The fog masked the morning bringing out the darkness but hiding then next steps. The girl drove slowly. Though she had driven the road a thousand times before this time she felt like a wanderer on a forgotten road. It was a Pride and Prejudice kind of morning full of mystery, wonder, and heart pangs that intensified the longings. She drove cautiously searching for any ounce of light of hope.  It was still too early for any light to peek through the immense darkness.  Nothing could penetrate the eerie vagueness. Hopelessness covered the air and the sky. The girl couldn’t even see the sky. She felt like she was going alone, uncertainty consumed every hidden space. But then relief flooded her soul when she saw light. Light. Hope. Never had she experienced so much happiness upon arriving to work.

As God’s child I am commanded to be salt and light. (Mt. 5:10-16,Col 4:-6) But to be real honest I don’t always want to be salt and light. I don’t like to stand out. I want to hide in the shadows. Sometimes it’s because I’m afraid or insecure or not feeling beautiful. Standing out is hard. If you look up at the sky on a clear night you will see the stars. They cannot be hidden. If you go outside on a warm, sunny day, you cannot avoid the sun’s presence.

The other day someone told me that I was too strong for God. Well, not those words exactly but this person thought my writing was a waste because I chose to use it for God. I was hurt by this person’s words. I didn’t know this person well at all, but the words still hurt the same. But I cannot allow one (or two or three or a thousand) negative comments define who I am in God’s eyes or change how I live for Him. If I cannot take one person’s comment then how weak am I? When someone makes fun of you for being to passionate for Jesus, take it as a compliment! I know it doesn’t feel like it at the time,  but when you are passionate for Jesus it proves your authenticity. If people disagree with my stand for Christ that is okay. But I want them to know Jesus. They can choose to reject Him but I don’t want it to be because I never told them. I want my life, my lips, and my thoughts to display the gospel. “No weapon formed against you shall prevail” Is. 54:17.

This is the battle cry! Forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead. I press toward the mark of God in Christ Jesus. Philp. 3:14. Put on the whole armor of God! Eph. 6:10-20. This is not the time to be a wimp. Yes, some days I want to hide away for a week and become a hermit in a sunny field far far away. But God has called me to be a light. You have no idea what others are going through while you continue to shine. So shine, through the fog, the uncertainty, the doubt, the heartache, and the tears. People will leave you, your heart will get broken if you chose to follow God ,but one day when I am at the throne room of my Savior every trial will be worth it. Every one. I will see His scared hands and I wonder if I will weep at my lack of caring.

Shine because you never know who is watching. You don’t know who is driving a foggy road by themselves desperate for an ounce of light of hope. When people reject you they are not rejecting you, but Christ their maker. Keep your eyes heaven fixed and your eternally entangled. I know it’s hard to shine when everyone else blends in, but we were meant to be courageous and reflect eternal love.

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