There are signs of spring everywhere—trees budding, flowers blooming, and birds chirping. Everything was so beautiful and I took a picture of some of the flowers growing in my garden.
I didn’t realize that only one flower was different. When I saw the picture it made me think about how we are to be different— “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world” (Rom 12:2), “…among you it will be different…” (Matt 20:26).
I think being different is the hardest thing in the world. It’s easier to do what everyone else does—drink, party, sleep around, etc., but going against that makes us a target or object of ridicule.
My husband and I never participated in the drinking that happened during the weekend training when we were in the Army National Guard. After a while, other soldiers and even some of our superiors would refer to us as the “moral police.” I still don’t understand why we were labeled as that since we never said anything about the drinking and immoral acts we saw there. I think it was because we were different so we “stood out.”
Being different reminds me of Daniel and his friends—while everyone was eating the food provided by the king, they insisted on eating vegetables (Daniel 1). They were different.
Being different means that we go against what is popular. There are so many things that are popular in our culture, but we are supposed to be different— we can’t bend under pressure— we must be true to our convictions.
How are you different?