Dare to Be Different
“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 14:34-35 ESV)
When a child starts kindergarten, he or she figures out pretty quick the cost of being different. If anyone has special needs, or gosh, not even the ‘right’ sneakers, they can become an object of ridicule and be ostracized.
So we learn – at a very young age – to do what we can to blend in.
Better to be invisible than to be different.
Yet, God has called us to be different. He did not want us to walk this earth and take the path of least resistance, but rather stand out and stand up for Him. But it’s hard! It’s hard to stand firm when others around us are falling for everything, or knowing that doing so will bring gossip and criticism.
However, if we aren’t willing to be peculiar people, then we aren’t bringing any difference or flavor to this world. Without flavor, salt has no value and ‘is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile’.
As for me, I personally don’t want to be thrown on manure. I hope and pray that God would find me useful for his purposes.
Lord, forgive us for hiding when we have been called to be different for You. Help us to let go of our fear of judgment and remind us that we should fear You more than we do the opinions and words of others.
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