One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Have you ever found yourself wanting to be like someone else?  Or wished that you were more like "everyone else"?  Most likely everyone can say they have felt that way at least once in their life.  But have you ever wanted to be different than everyone else?  Have you ever found yourself purposely striving to be different than everyone?  It's probably not as common as the first but is actually what we all should be striving for.

I have felt a little different from "society" for quite a few years now, but especially in the past 6 months or so, it has become all the more clear to me that I don't want to be like everyone else.  In fact, it's quite the opposite.  That is not to say that everyone out there is the same.  Of course they're not.  But when I say "everyone", I mean our society at large. 

I don't find the need to post my every waking thought on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc, etc, etc... my cell phone is NOT something I can't live without... I don't worship "celebrities" that do nothing but get famous from drinking, partying and hooking up with a bunch of people... I don't think it's "normal" to casually sleep around... I DO think it's possible to not only not cheat on your spouse, but to respect them completely by not "innocently flirting" at work or online... I don't care who wins American Idol... I don't think a Playboy playmate is the ideal of an attractive female... I don't want to read a book on a handheld elecronic device... I don't enjoy watching movies where every other word is a curse word... I do value honesty and expect people to tell the truth... I wish teachers and nurses were paid more than football players and reality tv stars... I don't think 12 year olds need cell phones, Ipods and Ipads... you get the idea.

I know this is how I feel and I know that I won't change who I am or how I feel about these things, but what I realized tonight after the message at my church, is that I actually want to STRIVE to stand out.  I don't want to be like "everyone else" and I will live my life in a way that demonstrates that.  My favorite line from the Nicole Nordeman song Brave is "So long status quo, I think I just let go..."  And that is exactly what stepping out from the crowd for what you believe in feels like... letting go

I do not want to fill my shelf with idols of things that society worships.  I don't want to add my own "addendums" to the Bible (well yes, technically it says this, BUT...).  I don't want to succomb to society's ideas of what's right & wrong, good & bad, beautiful & ugly, important & insignificant.  I will continue to stand for what is right for me (and God).

I hope and pray that society will start to change some of its ways, but until then, I am perfectly happy to be the "odd one out."  ;-)