“Dare to be different” is a phrase that is hard to follow through on a lot. What I mean by that is we live in a world that wants everyone, man, woman, and child, to fit into this box of “normal”. The box of “normal” is filled with all sorts of expectations for a person’s life, such as; body type, what we should be doing at a certain age, what we should believe, how much money we should be making, etc..
I dare to be different. I have never nor will I ever fit into the box of “normal” that society expects me to fit into.
When I was six weeks old I had a stroke while in the hospital for malnourishment. If you aren’t familiar with what a stroke does to a person’s body let me give you the clip notes version. I had a stroke on the left side of my brain but the stroke affected the right side of my body. The right side of my body is weaker than the left side of my body. Even my right foot is smaller than my left by two sizes which is why you will very rarely see me in heels because generally it doesn’t end well for me. But in all seriousness, a stroke is a life event that never stops affecting your life. You can make yourself stronger through exercise and therapy, which I had physical therapy many days a week during my childhood to physically get me to where I am today, but there are still going to be days where your body feels aftermath of the stroke even 26 years later.
But here is the thing, I wouldn’t change this life event for anything. I know you may be thinking I’m crazy but hear me out. From this one event out came a chance at a fresh start. A new beginning. For some reason God knew what he had to do to get me where he wanted me. God knew my place was not with my biological family but a different one. I was carried into a home at age one and officially adopted at age seven. God knew the exact family that I needed to raise me up not only to be strong but more importantly, to love and serve Jesus all the days of my life. You see, I was blessed with a family who didn’t always accept what the doctors where saying and believed in me anyways. My family stood by my side as I learned to do things that defied what the doctors were saying. My family raised me up to be faithful, loving, strong, independent, and stubborn. These qualities not only helped me get to where I am in life, but God will use them to get me to wherever he is taking me next.
Because of one life event, that many label as tragic, my whole life was changed. God knows what He is doing. He knew exactly what He was doing when he created you.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
If you take nothing else from this post listen up right now. God made you to be uniquely you for a unique purpose. There is no one else on Earth with the same fingerprints as you and there is no one else with the exact same purpose as you.
God can use you and will use you if you allow Him to take control. Have faith like a child. God knows your name. He’s got your back.
God didn’t mess up when He made you an out of the box of “normal” person.
If you are wondering how can God use me I have [insert your excuse here], I am here to tell you that God uses the not so “normal”, everyday people to do extraordinary things.
If you still need to be convinced look at my son’s life. My oldest son has autism. This is seen by most of the world as a bad thing, but I see it as a gift. He has the ability to see things, like faith, in a different light because of his autism. Now this isn’t a daily occurrence but when God gets ahold of my son to speak truth into someone’s life he does it with absolutely boldness and confidence, even if it’s his own mommy. I have gotten many truth bombs straight from my son’s mouth. God uses my son to speak truth, at what seem like random times to us, but it’s in God’s perfect timing. Connor is himself all the time.
Allowing yourself to be 100 percent uniquely you can be difficult when society tells you to do otherwise.
5 Things You Can Do To Stay True To YOU
- Know what God says about YOU
- Make Yourself a Priority
- Enjoy and develop your hobbies and talents
- Embrace where God has you right Now!
- Seek God’s direction for your future.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
With God all things are possible. Nothing is impossible. God made you to be uniquely you for a unique and divine purpose that only you can do.
Be Bold. Be unique. Be YOU.