Ever felt you had to blend in with those around you, even though you hated doing so?
Ever been in the position of saying yes and going along with the rest because it’s safer to do that than be different?
What about the times you’ve really not agreed with the discussion or the plans but felt obliged to go along with them to keep everyone happy?
Doesn’t it make you feel weak and rather insipid to be someone who longs to stand up for what they believe in but are a bit scared of being shouted down because, it seems, everyone else thinks very differently to you?
Well today I’m calling out to you to stand out, dare to say how you feel, and say no, or yes, because you want to not because you feel obliged to.
Oh yes, it’s tough when you first stand up, stand out, look different . . . but you’ll be surprised, when you are convinced of something, how many other people are so glad you did, and, maybe secretly to begin with, but eventually, will stand up and be themselves, because you led the way.
We don’t really ever read of the inadequate feelings of the heroes and saints that have gone before, but my guess is that they were rather like me . . . unsure of the reaction to begin with, but longing to make a difference and speak up and out for truth and rightness. And . . . when they did, they found some who ridiculed, or “rubbished” their logic and way of thinking, but many whose hearts leapt because someone had stood for what they wanted to say.
I want to encourage you today, to be sure of what you believe, and why. Spend some time finding out the “whats” and “whys” of your belief and dare to stand upon it.
Find out the reasons you believe and ask God to guide you as you seek the truth, even if it’s a bit uncomfortable to find it out… be sure because God is sure and not just because it suits your way of life. Be certain because there are so many discussions and arguments about everything . . . be yourself and stand firm. “Always be ready to give a logical defence to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15) – so find out, ask your pastors to help you know and don’t be afraid of asking God to guide you in to all truth (John 16:13). . . He delights to do just that- if you’re willing!