I write a lot on here about thinking differently, perceiving life differently, and then doing things differently. What does all of that add up to?
We want to live differently. Plain and simple.
That’s a good thing, I think. Who wants to be a clone of someone else? We already have too many people trying to be someone they aren’t, so just be you, and be a little different.
The world needs different.
I had a very brief conversation with a friend recently over a photo I posted. This was the photo:
It’s a note I wrote to myself a while ago that I’ve had posted on my wall where I can see it every single day. I think it’s absolutely a question worth asking.
She posed a better question. What she said made me stop and think a little about my motivation behind writing that note.
She said, “Or is God standing out when I’m around? Just a thought.”
Well said. I thought hers was a little better than mine, and for a moment was a little upset at myself for not being more focused on God.
But then I thought those two questions should go together. They should always go together.
Is God standing out when I’m around? Therefore, is there a noticeable difference in my life?
If Jesus is living inside of me, the question of, “Am I standing out?” becomes interconnected with the question, “Is God standing out when I’m around?”
It’s now a much more freeing question to ask. We’re not dependent and focused on our own ability and strength of willpower to stand out. Our source of difference is from the Spirit of God, not ourselves. It’s about humility and recognizing who is worthy of acknowledgment.
If we don’t stand out, no one will ask why.
If we lean into that source, if we realize that at our core something amazing, something incomprehensible has happened – all of our lives have been made new by Jesus – then our standing out is simply a byproduct of that grace.
Our hope now is that the first question can only be answered with the second one in mind.
Are you standing out? Is God standing out when you are around?