Jesus tells us that we were meant to stand out and not to fit in. Being 51, I can look back over several decades of my life and tell you that is absolutely true. When I was about 3 years old, a neighbor came to my parents to tell them they noticed that I had a limp. I was also falling more than normal when I walked. They immediately took me to one of the best Orthopedic Doctors in our area. I was diagnosed with Legg Calve Perthes Disease (https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/legg-calve-perthes-disease). It’s rare to be found in girls. So, I’ve been “different” for as long as I can remember. I had to wear a leg brace on my right leg (the leg with the issue), and a tall, healed shoe (like the rock band Kiss) on my left foot. Somehow, I was able to jump around and do pretty much the same stuff other kids could do. Although, I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was probably 8. I finally had the brace removed before I went into first grade. By 5th grade, I again couldn’t just fit in with everyone else. Noooo….I had to be taller. I had to develop sooner. By 6th grade, Aunt Flo came to visit sooner than some of the other girls. It just seemed like I could never catch a break. When you look back over the Bible and the cast of characters that Jesus ask to help him with his ministry, they weren’t the blend in type of people. We had a bunch of run of the mill fisherman, a tax collector, a reformed prostitute, and then there’s Paul who hated Christians before his walk down the road to Damascus. I thought about this post yesterday after listening to my playlist. I love listening to Christian music. My one favorite group is #Casting Crowns. They came out with a recent song called “Nobody”. Here’s the link to the official video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yBzIt_z8oY). I often wonder if people question who do I think I am to talk about the Lord? Then I remembered this song and its lyric are exactly what Jesus wants from us. “I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, all about somebody that saved my soul.” God wants those of us that don’t fit in because he needs us to stand up and shine! We have stories to tell, we have testimonies to give. We have proof how he has worked in our lives and the lives of those around us. So go and stand out in the crowd!!
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