We all make choices. Many choices in our lifetime. Every choice has a consequence. Every choice matters.
Thank goodness, our God is a God of second chances..and third chances….
I’ll be honest. My choices didn’t always bring my Jesus glory. I made that choice though.
I wasted precious time as a teen. Thinking that I had to fit in. Feeling like I never did. Making wrong choices just so that I would feel comfortable. All the while, professing to be a Christian.
Sometimes my life looked like it should. Sometimes it didn’t. That’s NOT okay.
I let my lack of confidence..rule me.
I let the world influence me. My focus was on me instead of on God…where it needed to be. Nobody is to blame, except ME.
Things haven’t changed that much in 20 something years. (as far as feeling like you have to fit in goes) I know that kids today still struggle with feeling like they just don’t fit in. Feeling UNCOMFORTABLE around the “crowd”. AND..making bad choices because of that.
TO YOU, I SAY: It is better to NOT fit in. It is BEST to STAND OUT and STAND FIRM in JESUS.
You may never get another chance. We aren’t guaranteed our next breath.
It was ONLY after I truly SURRENDERED to HIM, that I began to feel comfortable in MY SKIN.
So many times..people think that SURRENDER is a bad thing. As if it takes away your FREEDOM.
When in fact, it is the OPPOSITE.
With SURRENDER, there is TRUE FREEDOM. A peace that surpasses ALL understanding.
We all have a choice. FOLLOW HIM or FOLLOW THEM.
Matthew 16:24 (NIV) ~ Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
NOW, I love not fitting in with what the WORLD thinks that I should look like, be like, act like, or desire.
The BIBLE tells us that we are NOT to look like the WORLD. Authentic Christians CAN’T look like they did before. Authentic Christians will have a “before and after picture”.
James 4:4 (NIV) ~ You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
I’m just so very thankful that my JESUS loved me even when I didn’t bring HIM glory. I’m so thankful that I took that step that made all the difference..when I said, “I surrender, God..I cannot do this on my own..I want to glorify YOU..and I am so sorry for the times when I failed you. I will follow you no matter the cost, because the relationship with YOU outweighs everything else.”
Sure, I am STILL a work in progress. HE is not finished with me YET.
Philippians 1:6 ~ being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Will you take that step? The step to TRUE FREEDOM? Stand firm and STAND OUT. It’s really the best feeling in the world.
Romans 12:2 (NIV) ~ Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
(Maybe you have already taken that step. That is WONDERFUL! Maybe this post will help you in helping someone else then.)
Until Next Time,