October 31, 2016

Why You Should Stop Trying to Fit In

Everyone wants to be liked and appreciated by friends and peers no matter who you are, but as the saying goes, “When you know better, you do better”

The greatest calling you can ever fulfill is the one to start thinking and doing things differently.

Sure, being different clashes with tradition and what you were taught, but sometimes what we are taught is not always correct.

The problem with trying to fit in is that you tend to seek the approval of people. Some even believe that by doing so they’ll gain God's approval. "What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds." Luke 6:26  

Breaking News: When trying to fit in becomes your goal and purpose, you stop being a leader and become a follower. 

There are times when you just won’t fit in because you have come to recognize that the things you use to do, you can’t do anymore. You now know better and experience has matured you. You did and said things based on your understanding at the time. Since then, God has given you more wisdom and revealed things to you, “We and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us...” Deuteronomy 29:29 NLT 

A square peg won't fit into a round hole, no matter how hard or how much you attempt to try to make it look as if it does. It may look like it fits, but looks are deceiving. 

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:12 

It’s hard to be a team player when you know the team is headed in the wrong direction or going nowhere fast. 

It’s hard to fit in when your wings were made to be stretched out wide to soar high. 

Trying to fit in says you're ordinary and status quo. So, stop trying to fit in when you were called to be set apart. Rather than trying to fit in, influence change instead. 

When the apostle Paul said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am,” He was beginning to not only recognize God’s work in him, but he also began to recognize it was time to own who he had become.

We are blessed with a great cloud of witnesses when it comes to not fitting in. 
  • Daniel didn’t fit in, so they put him in a lions den and a fiery furnace. But God brought him out unharmed in both instances. 

  • Jesus didn't fit in, so the Pharisees had Him killed. But on the third day He rose again. 

  • Paul didn't fit in, so they stoned him, talked about him, ridiculed him and put him in prison. But he became the greatest figure of the early believers, spreading the gospel to every corner of the known world at that time, and wrote 13 of the New Testament books. 
God doesn’t care about how popular you are because you fit in. The moment you become comfortable with fitting in is the moment you are no longer you but just like everyone else. You have become what everybody wants you to be rather than what God called you to be. 

Sure, there’s a price to pay when you don’t fit in. It costs to be a leader. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.  Luke 12:48. 

All great leaders know that your suffering does not excuse you from your call. So stop trying to fit in. Stop!

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