Born To Stand Out
By Linda Mayer –
Oh my goodness, I am the very worst at this . . . comparing myself to other women. And it’s funny how I always end up with the short end of the stick. Their hair is Always better, their nails, their clothes, “Ooooo, I want to dress like that!” And especially their shoes. I’m all about the shoes. Are you with me ladies? Or maybe you’re more mature than me and are looking at the way they carry themselves, or the actual words they speak, or it’s not what she said but how she is able to use her words; so elegant and classy.
I do have to say, this has been a great way for me to get some fashion tips without actually buying all of those crazy magazines that sell our minds lies and deception. And you can definitely learn something from the way another woman speaks or carries herself. But I’m here to tell you, “Baby, You were BORN to stand out!”
God says this about His children, “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted” 1Peter 2:9-10 (The Message).
And let’s look at it in another translation just in case you aren’t getting the nitty-gritty from this one. (Do read this one, too!)
“ 9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY” (NASB).
So why, do we as women spend so much time and effort comparing ourselves? Why is it that we have this deep-seated longing to just fit in? Listen Girls, we are not going to fit in everywhere. There is always going to be a tension between the God that lives and dwells in us and the ones who are living for the world. And remember, everyone is not a child of God. The Bible says in John 1:12 that IF we receive Him we are given the right to become His children. So why in the world do we try and act as if we aren’t royalty, as if we aren’t God’s own possession, as if we aren’t called out of this darkness we are trying so hard to be like.
It’s time we stopped spending so much time trying to make ourselves perfect. We are already perfect in God’s sight. Instead, why don’t we spend more time focusing on doing the work of our Father? It’s time we stood up and were the salt and light the Bible tells us we are. That and our love will draw people to Jesus. And in Revelation it says that our testimony is important, that others are saved by the blood of the Lamb and the word of OUR testimony… sometimes that testimony is just being different enough for others to ask about.
So I challenge you today, Girls, let’s shine just the way God made us and tell that someone you’ve been meaning to talk to about what God has done just for you!
You can read more from Linda at BrideLindaKay.com