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October 2, 2018, 9:35 AM

Free To Be Weird

Grade school was great. I didn't worry about what brand my jeans were. I wasn't concerned about how my hair looked. I didn't care what shoes I wore. Girls didn't matter. It was great. Then came junior high. I had to move a new building and there were new rules. Now it mattered that I wore Rustler jeans. They were not what I was supposed to be wearing. I never knew this. I was under a lot of pressure to be normal. I really couldn't afford to be normal so I wasn't sure if I could ever pull it off. Man...junior high was complicated. 

At some point we should move on past this need to be normal but we struggle to do that. We might be in our 30's or 40's or even older and still really desire to be normal. We still really want to be accepted and it's a hard thing to accomplish. What might make us accepted by one person gets us rejected by someone else. What might be cool in one generation is not very cool to the next one. The target for nomal is always moving and it's hard to hit it. 

Why not just be free to be a little weird? 

God likes weird people and weird people do some pretty cool stuff. I have a friend that wears a shirt that says, "Women who behave rarely make history." I know we should behave, but the idea is that if we aren't willing to be a little weird we will never do anything extraordinary. More importantly we will never be able to fulfill God's purpose for our lives if we are not willing to be a little weird. 

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. --James 4:4

If you want to be a friend of God and serve him you cannot be a friend of the world. James is not talking about being friends with people who are not Christians. Jesus certainly befriended people who did not believe yet. But Jesus did not fall prey to taking on their behavior to be accepted by them. Notice what James says, "you adulterous people". James is saying that if we are going to seek to be accepted by the world we cannot stay faithful to God. If our number one goal is to be normal we can't be pleasing to God. 

And guess what? Weird is better. Weird is freeing. When I'm ok with weird I don't have to worry about what everyone thinks about me. When I'm ok with weird I don't have to fear rejection. When I'm ok with weird I can speak up and not worry that I might offend someone with what I believe. When I'm ok with weird I can choose to do the right thing when everyone around is doing what is wrong. 

You are free to be weird. Once you accept this and are ok with it you'll find out that weird is much better. 

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