I used to be called different all the time growing up and would really get offended by it. Why you talk like that? Why you act like that? Why you do this? Why you do that? It offended me because I didn’t understand how I was different. Then of course as I got older I began to realize that the reality is, nine times out of ten everyone has a diverse perception of what ordinary is. I was different because I was supposed to be. We’ve got to stop trying to put people in a box. Everyone else will not conform to your little container of what you think is right or wrong or how you think it should be done. On that note, I’d also like to add, we have to learn to respect one another’s differences. We are all unique and special in our own way, so learn to embrace it. It is so sad now how our kids and even some adults look at so-called “celebrities” and mimic what they see. Why? They put their pants on one leg at a time just like you. Instead of trying to fit in, you set the standard.
The bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. If you know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, why not accept you? Don’t try to fit in and conform to what everyone else is doing. Some folks just won’t be able to handle you and that’s fine. Keep it moving. If they talk about you, so what. I look at it like this, haters are confirmation to me that I am doing the right thing. So when they talk, I think of it as a compliment. Their negative words push me even further along my journey. Look at Jesus. Think about how they talked about Him and treated Him because He was different. We are created in the image of God and are to have the mind of Christ, so if He went through you better believe you will too.
Follow the crown and not the crowd. Jesus wasn’t trying to be like everyone else. He came to show people a new way of life. As you proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no way you will be able to do so acting like everyone else. The more I get to know me and love me, the more I realize just how different I am and I love it. I have come to realize that there will never be another me, ever. Likewise, there will never be another you, ever. I am here to encourage you today to be different, I dare you. Be the greatest irreplaceable, exceptional, matchless you that you can be. Embrace you. Adore you. Love you, cause God sure does. #iDeclare #daretobedifferent
Father God in the name of Jesus, I come thanking you for making me to be a unique individual. I decree and declare that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I will not try to be like anyone else. I will love me, and love who you created me to be at all times. I will not conform to this world, but I will be transformed by a renewing of my mind in Christ Jesus. Thank you God for all the naysayers, for I know they are confirmation that I am doing the right thing. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Psalms 139:14 NLT “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.
Romans 12:2 NLT “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”