Monday, September 18, 2017

Dare to Be Different

By Andrea Merrell

Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 NKJV

The colors were vibrant, and I was captivated by the beauty as I drove down the winding country road. Then an unusual image caught my eye. In the midst of all the incredible red, yellow, orange, and gold, was something that seemed strangely out of place. 

The little evergreen stood in stark contrast to the color all around it. Never changing, always the same, ever … green.

 I thought about this world and how life is always moving, always evolving, ever … changing. That’s when I realized that the little evergreen represents us as Christians in a society where nothing is constant, and there is no stability.

Jesus said, Let your light so shine before men. The truth is our life should stand in stark contrast to everything around us. We should never be hard to spot, blending in with our surroundings. The Bible calls us a “peculiar people,” so we shouldn’t be surprised when we don’t fit in with the crowd.

Dare to be different.

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