Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

I Am Different

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.

10 thoughts on “I Am Different

  1. One great thing about age is the ability to settle into the skin you are born in. No longer am I distressed about the looks of others- I am to busy looking of Him in them,

  2. I was born in a different country but grew up in America and it was s challenge being different. Kids are cruel when you have an accent and don’t understand the culture. I did my best to be like everyone else. Now that i know who i am in Christ I embrace my being different while respecting all the things we do that are the same. It’s all good. Great post

  3. I struggled with being different also but I’m getting to the place now where I love that I am different and set apart for God. Thank you for this beautiful post!! 🙂

  4. Some find different distasteful and try hard not to be…in order to fit in. But there is great beauty in been different. We are all beautifully and wonderfully made differently to reflectxall of our Creator.
    Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!!

  5. We are unique, beautiful, and approved by God. No man’s approval can match that ever.

  6. Love that scripture from 2nd Peter! A great reminder that our differences are to be celebrated

  7. We’re all beautifully different; if only we’d just realize this more! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Visiting as your FMF neighbor. Amen. We are all differently the same. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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