Do you find yourself trying really hard to fit in?
Maybe it’s at work. You dress just the right way so other people don’t really notice you. Perhaps it’s in your friend group. Sometimes you find yourself watching the same shows or reading the same books so they don’t notice you’re different.
Unfortunately it could even be at your church. You smile and put on that happy face. Shake hands and give hugs, when you’re really struggling with a few things and working out some others.
So why do we try so hard to fit in?
I think I discovered a clue this morning.
I was sitting outside (because the humidity wasn’t unbearable yet) under my back deck (because it’s shady there) doing some reading. When out of the corner of my eye, I caught something moving.
Of course, this time of year, any time I see or hear “something” moving, I’m on the alert.
Those pesky serpents are lurking around all over the place, after all. (Now that’s a blog post waiting to be written.)
So, what did I see?
Well, it took me a minute to figure out what it was because it was so well camouflaged I almost didn’t see it. In the corner of some landscape bricks and a pile of leaves was a cute little frog.
The first thing that struck me…
This little bitty guy was really trying to fit in. I mean – invisible fit in.
Then it occurred to me that this leaf-look-alike frog isn’t really much different than you and me.
See, his whole purpose for trying to look like those leaves was so he would be safe.
If nothing could see him stand out from the crowd of leaves, then – in theory – nothing would try to come after him. He would be protected.
I think we’re a lot like that sometimes.
We try not to rock the boat in conversations or tricky situations because we might become a target. Especially in this quick to quarrel society we live in now, disagreements can lead to destroyed relationships.
We find ourselves going along with the crowd so we don’t stand out, so no one notices us, so no one will “come after us” – just like the frog.
Here’s the biggest problem I see, though.
We aren’t meant to fit in. We are meant for more.
And, this is especially true if we are followers of Christ. Peter tells us,
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
Peter is telling the people that they were saved by God’ grace and the blood of Jesus to do so much more than hide in the masses.
God brought us into His marvelous light so we could stand out and declare God’s glory.
There’s a famous Dr. Seuss quote that says, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” I think Peter is asking a little bit different question here. I think Peter is asking,Why fit in when you were saved to stand out? Click To Tweet
And Peter wasn’t talking about the “standing out” so many do today where the whole purpose is to draw attention to themselves. He was talking about the standing out Jesus mentioned –
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
I know there are days where I feel like it’s much safer to blend in with the surroundings, look like everyone else, and not speak up when I could very easily glorify God.
What about you?
Do you find yourself working really hard to fit in? Or do your revel in being able to stand out for God’s glory?
Take a few minutes each day and decide what you will do. I know I will.
Let’s all stop worrying about fitting in so much and start trying to stand out more!
Let’s Get FIT Together!
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