Different. I want to be different. Different hair, different face, different body, younger, prettier, happier, more popular, and with less stress… different.
I sound like a teenager droning on, but I think the comparison trap gets all of us in every age. It’s always about outward appearances, what people will judge first with the thought that they would get to know the inside later.
It’s hard sometimes. At this point in life that I place my feet, I still workout, feed my mind, and eat little. I don’t dress on trend, but I do try to look presentable when the need be. I love people to the point that they infuriate me when they don’t love God. Maybe that’s the difference right there.
I may look the same for years, and I may appear like an introvert, but God did create me to be different. I am different for Him. I love Him and I hurt when He is hurt. I grieve for the broken and I pray for the misled.
I am set a part, different, all because of Him. I care so much, but I admit that I am still stuck in the trap of looking at the outside just like the next person. But here is the difference, I try to look a bit further inside, to see hurt or anger or if the person simply doesn’t care.
I just pray that others can grasp on to the truth and see that God loves all parts of us. We are unique individuals. We are all beautiful in our broken ways. I know that I speak this to remind you of the truth, but I am also speaking to myself. I need to remember that His love is far greater than anything I put on my body or how I style my hair. It’s inside coming out, a light, and a difference.
I am different.
Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
He created us for work. Each of us has the responsibility to grow the kingdom and to run after Him. We are made different for Him. We are lovely, and we are beautifully different.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.