It is OK to love the person God created you to be. I have struggled with adapting to my environment to fit in instead of allowing my environment to adapt so that it could fit me. God has created us all to be designer originals- which means you are the only one. There is beauty in being different. God uses the people who others think are different an unfit to do some of the most amazing things. Don’t play down who you are so that others can be comfortable. Be who you have always been and watch God glory in your originality.
Me with students at Washington United Christian Academy after Speaking.
…the next generation is watching you!
Why should I sit here and die when I can leave here and LIVE?? Sometimes God has called us to move from certain situations, things, people, and places not because of who we are but because of what we have inside of us…what you carry is great, greatness dwells inside of you…it first reflects inside you before it reflects around you. God has given you the green light, move in him knowing if he gave you the WILL to move he’ll give you the WHEELS to move!!
He Moved the children of Israel from Egypt, a place of bondage and desperation so that they could move because he afforded them a chance to a PROMISE…but in order to receive that promise they had to move. This wasn’t because of who they were but it was because of whose they were. They were the children of an incredible king. There moving was not only an indication of their faith but it was their desire to boldly declare that “my surroundings do not fit who God has called me to be”. (Exodus 12)
Ruth moved from Moab (the familiar and accursed thing) to Judah (destiny) because she had a lineage of kingship that would be birthed out of her. It could not be birthed in a familiar place because it was an extraordinary thing that she carried. (Ruth 1-4)
4 lepers made a decision to risk their lives by going from outside of the gates of the city where they knew they would die to go into a city where they had a 50/50 chance of living…because they decided to move they found that the enemies they thought were in the city were already taken care of by God and they entered into the camp of the enemy and got to eat and LIVE. (2 Kings 7:3-8)
You see moving on, moving forward, moving without is a very difficult thing to do because it requires faith with out boundaries. We can all move into a place that is familiar, comfortable, and conducive but it takes something more to move into unfamiliar territory. If God gave you a vision, a desire, a purpose…he will give you everything you need to fulfill it. LIFE happens when we transition from where we are now to where God wants us to be!
Look at what you love and you will see what you are driven by. I always pray everyday that God humbles me and reminds me to make sure my reasoning behind the things I do are always pure. We can get so caught up in the benefits behind our actions that we forget to examine the purpose behind it all. Be genuine about your attempts to love people beyond what you see because Jesus did the same for you. Imagine if he dwelt on what we looked like to him before forgiving us, before choosing to love us, before giving us a second chance?
When you choose to make a stand outside of what the majority is doing you’ll always be considered the “outcast”, “black sheep”, “unpopular” “lame” “geek”. You will go through periods of loneliness and pain that you have to experience in order to get to your greater. God has placed a light inside of you that no one can take away. A light that was meant to shine even when everything else around it is dark. You are seen as different because you were not created to become accustom to your environment…you were created to disturb it, shake it up, and change it! It doesn’t matter where you are or how painful your experience may be in that place because even in your dark place you still carry the light, and because you have a light—this beacon of hope that you can cling tight to even in darkness…you still have your life, your hope, your peace!! That’s what matters most, that in your tribulation you don’t allow your situation to dim what God has given you.