Why are we so afraid to be vulnerable and show the world our true unguarded selves? What do we have to lose? A few less “friends” on Facebook, five less likes on our Instagram post? Why do we care so much about what everyone else thinks? I find myself seeking the approval of strangers on social media and expecting acknowledgement form blurred faces that pass me by everyday.
It is a daily struggle to feel confident in who we are when the world is pulling us in every direction telling us who we need to be. The world wants us to be beautiful, intelligent, and creative, but what if those characteristics aren’t easily attainable? What if we cannot fulfill the mold this world has set for us? Do we automatically become irrelevant to society? Are we thrown into exile and lose the ability to feel confident in ourselves, just because we might not have the ideal body or we rather stay inside rather than seek out adventures on mountain tops.
It comes down to the concept that everyone is simply… different! We are always told to be different and stand out, but yet we find ourselves getting swallowed up by the monster of conformity. The reason this happens is purely because it is comfortable to follow the crowd. If everyone else is doing it than why shouldn’t you? By conforming to the ways of society you are slowly pulling yourself apart and giving unique pieces of who you are over to a figment of the worlds imagination.
We were placed on this planet not to follow imperfect humans, but to follow the only person who shows us His perfection everyday. Being followers of Christ should give us all the confidence in the world. We should not seek approval of those who are followers of conformity, the only person we should strive for approval from is God. The amazing thing is we don’t even have to try that hard! God doesn’t care if our body is perfect or if we reached 1 million followers on Instagram. All the Lord cares about is that we are following his son, Jesus Christ and that our daily actions reflect our faithfulness to Him.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the get is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life and those who find it are few.” ~Mathew 7:13-14
This bible verse speaks raw untamed truth. In other words it is saying that the path that leads you to “satisfaction” of our earthly desires is easy to go down. The path is wide and looks bright and shiny, so it attracts more people; when in the end it leads to destruction. The path pulls us away from seeking God, instead we seek earthly desires that will not satisfy us forever. The narrow gate’s path is paved with mercy and grace, there are struggles along the way, and the terrain is difficult, but it will lead to healing, salvation and eternal life. Few walk through the narrow gate, because they are afraid of what others will think and they fear rejection and being called different.
Being different is not a curse it is a blessing, you hold something that is your own, something that is special and unique that no one else can attain. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your savior your confidence and light will shine brighter than a billion stars. People will notice a difference and they will want to strip you of your confidence, because they are wanting to quench their jealousy by bringing you down. Stay strong, do not falter, lead them to the narrow gate and show them the light that is waiting to fill their soul.
So don’t look to the world for satisfaction and reassurance, put on your armor and guard your soul when it comes to the pressures to conform to this world. Even though the wide gate is open and inviting once you step through you will realize it will never delight the deepest part of your being. Run to the narrow gate and leave your armor at the foot of the door, un-guard your heart and trust in the Lord to guide you and protect you. He will always accept you for who you are.
He created you… to be different.