Friday, March 1, 2013

Are you normal?

I hate being different. I was always labeled the "different" one growing up. My family was those people you see in the grocery store with super long plain dresses, long hair, and a ton of kids. We couldn't have been more different and I hated that. Everywhere I went people stared at me and I stared back, longing to fit in.
As my family left the group we were a part of, I struggled to figure out what normal was and where I fit in. As a result, my high school years were rough. I was so insecure because I couldn't be normal no matter how hard I tried!

As time has passed and I've been freed from the legalism I was raised in, people now consider me to be relatively normal. I love that I don't stand out in a grocery store as the "weird one" anymore. I like normal.
 Normal is comfortable and it feels good.

Normal, however, is not what God has called me to be. As a child of God, I am called to be different from the world. It's not the same kind of different as weird hair and clothes, it's more like a different attitude, purpose, and perspective of life which in turn should make my actions seem anything but normal to the world.
"Our distinctiveness is our message. Our changed lives are our testimony. What makes Christ irresistible to others is His uniqueness, not how compatible we can make Him to the culture."   -Nancy Leigh DeMoss
I was reading in the devotional The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss last week and the topic was on how Christians are so concerned with not being offensive and with relating to the culture that we are suppressing the true gospel!
I was hit with the realization that I am so guilty of that. Often in my attempt to fit in or to just not make anyone uncomfortable, I stifle the gospel and who God has called me to be. I will avoid using a Bible verse to encourage a friend because I don't want to be labeled "religious." I choke on the words "Praise the Lord" as a response to a compliment because I'm worried people will think I'm weird or too spiritual.

I have been challenged to give up my right to be normal and to be a light for Jesus even if it means I'm labeled weird or different. Those labels are a small price to pay for the satisfying reward of being obedient to Christ! After all, my sense of worth and acceptance should be found in the Lord, not in the world. 
"When will we realize that the world is not impressed with a religious version of itself? Our greatest effectiveness is not to be found in being like everyone else around us, but in being distinct, in being like Jesus!" -Nancy Leigh DeMoss 
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

6 comments:

  1. This was such an awesome reminder, Faith! Thanks for sharing what's on your heart! (And I choke on the words "Praise the Lord" too :P But, thankfully, He is so patient with me. =) Praise the Lord! :P

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  2. This is a great post. I, too, am struggling to be the Christian that God has called me to be. I don't want to be different from others in society... But I need to be different.

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  3. I hope I'm normal...


    Stopping by from the Friday Hop to say hello.
    Have a great weekend!
    POSH

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  4. I love this!!!! I too,have struggled with all of this.

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  5. I agree with what you are saying here. As a young mom, I'm often worried about fitting in. I am on average 10 years younger than the other moms making me scared to voice up in fear they'll look down. With people my age, they're mostly single and I worry they'll think I feel I'm better or higher. Neither of these are true but it causes me to stifle my faith. Your post makes me realize I should try more!!
    http://shanascott.blogspot.com

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  6. I agree with what you are saying here. As a young mom, I'm often worried about fitting in. I am on average 10 years younger than the other moms making me scared to voice up in fear they'll look down. With people my age, they're mostly single and I worry they'll think I feel I'm better or higher. Neither of these are true but it causes me to stifle my faith. Your post makes me realize I should try more!!
    http://shanascott.blogspot.com

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