On being different...
“Why are you so different from your friends?” Believe it or not, I am asked this question a lot; especially lately. I also find myself asking this question more and more every day.
God created each one of us as individuals with strengths, talents, spiritual gifts, and specific skills to help accomplish the work He needs to do through us. I am no different than you – each of us must be the “me” God created OR we rob the world of what He needs from us.
I was born, brought up, and continue to live in the state of Texas. Not only am I a natural-born Texan, I grew up in the Pasadena/Deer Park area. I’ve discussed before that I a) don’t like the rodeo, and b) don’t care for football. I know….I know….WHY AM I SO DIFFERENT THAN MOST OF MY FRIENDS?
I read a lot. I research a lot. I don’t listen to the news at all and, as I’ve shared before, I do not find FOX News “fair and balanced,” nor do I find CNN, NBC, ABC, or CBS liars. Liberal? Yes. Liars? No. I try to find balance in anything I read and listen to hoping to find God in all things.
Just this week I posted Adele’s hit, “Remedy” on my spiritually-based blog. Why? Because I hear Adele’s words likened to conversations I have with God from time to time. The first verse is my words to Him. I hear His response to me in her words. So, is that sacrilegious? I don’t think so. All good is God’s good and God is God over everything so why would we think He cannot speak to our spirits through a secular song?
Many times we work so hard at compartmentalizing our lives that we forget that God is in everything. His presence lives among all people.
What gets me in trouble is when I ask my compartmentalizing friends to think outside the box. For example, the argument recently regarding a post that I suggested we choose kindness as opposed to being nice. Many of my readers “got it” because they, too, hear “nice” as very superficial. However, a few of my conventional friends were upset that people feel nice can be derogatory. Should we argue about that? I don’t know. I don’t think any of us grow without being challenged and I fear too many of us hang around “like thinkers” to prevent ourselves from feeling challenged.
I felt the conversation turned unkind. Whether it turned unnice is debatable. <wink> So….I deleted the entire conversation really believing that the only way I would calm two ladies down was to remove the argument all together. Was that the right thing to do? I don’t know (I know….shocking). Was it the best thing to do? I don’t know, but it felt like the “nice” thing to do. <wink, again>
I am growing in grace learning to understand that there are times the fight simply isn’t worth it. There are times that I need to remember my job isn’t to convince anyone of anything. My job is to point to Jesus. Please forgive me when I don’t do my job very well.