Wednesday, July 07th, 2010 | Author:

Since I was born, I’ve not fit into any neat molds.  First having three boys, my mother dressed me in ruffles and bows and tried to turn me into a girly-girl.  Fifty-six years later she’s still trying, God bless her.

In high school, I was on the perimeter of social groups, always a step ahead or behind.  I never really fit.

When I got saved, for a while I thought I had found my home in the church I first attended.  But it turns out that was a temporary plan, and I was not to put my faith in a particular church or pastor, so God called me out of there before I got too comfortable.

Nor I have ever fit neatly into a political category.  Neither conservative or liberal, republican or democrat, left or right, can be defined in an apolitical Bible.

More recently, I’ve come to realize that I have far more in common with Christians on the other side of the world than I do with Americans, which seems apropos given that God is not limited by geographical boundaries.

In short, I’ve always been an alien and a stranger in this world.  And as a Christian who looks to a future home, I think that’s as it should be.

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:19)

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; (Revelation 3:12)

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3 Responses
  1. Rebecca says:

    Ditto. Except I had 4 brothers, and I was never a girly-girl. lol

    Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

    Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

    :D

  2. Renee says:

    So good. We aren’t called to be a cheap copy of someone else. God made each of us like no one else. We should never try to fit into someone else’s mold, but instead strive to be who God made us to be. He put something unique in each one of us. We are put into this world, not to be like it, but to show it the way to heaven. What a great reminder! :)

  3. akagaga says:

    @Rebecca It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus And it is because of him that I know that someday I’ll have a home I never have to leave.

    @Renee We should never try to fit into someone else’s mold In my experience, the problem arises when I refuse to fit into someone else’s mold. They tend to take it personally. :)