Does God want us to be different?
Does God love when we are different from the people in our lives?
Does God want us to be creative? To use our minds?
All signs point to – yes. If we were not meant to think on our own and stretch our minds creatively then why would we all have different colored hair? Why would some of us have freckles? And eyes of all shades of color? Our voices different decibels? Gwyneth Paltrow’s never-ending legs and mine, well, not so much.
It sounds like encouragement to be creative. A shove to be different than the person next to us. An applause to talk differently, have different ideas, want different things than our friends and parents. Speak up and speak loudly.
Why is this concept so hard for us to embrace? Is it fear that keeps us from stepping out and being big and bold in what we like and make? Is it fear that we will make a big fool of ourselves and fail in front of everyone? Are we afraid people will misinterpret us and write us off and get others to laugh until we are ganged up on? Are we scared that no one will support our ideas and choices?
Maybe we are we made with creative ideas but also made with insecurities. How do we recitfy these two opposites? Sometimes I see it clearly and think, “Oh, yea. This is good and feels right and I’m going to keep going and not look to my left and my right.” And other times, like when night falls and the house is quiet I think, “Oh, Dear God, what did I say? Who did I think I was to do that?!” Quick – hide!
The sun always rises and I am renewed and feel strong again. What can keep us in that place of assurance? I heard a message on Sunday from an old, dear friend who was preaching at our church. He encouraged us to clear our minds so we could hear God more clearly because He is speaking. We just don’t feel it and see it because we are clouding ourselves with stuff & in my case, fear. Where could I go if that fear did not claw at me? How high could I fly and what could I do? God gives us the sky to remind us that we can go up infinitely; that there is space to fly up.
For me I think it is exercising the muscles of independence, confidence & my own inner voice. It is not rebellion and it is not bad. It is our birthright to fly higher than others want us to. It is a gift to stretch out wide.