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 - 1Peter 2:9 NIV
I love the conversations that I have with my sons during the time that we have together before they have to get on the bus. It is during these times I have an opportunity to listen to them share with me what's going on at school in addition to the challenges that they are facing. As a result of some of our conversations, I find out about how the majority of their classmates don't embrace their individuality and go out of their way to fit in. It saddens me to hear this and I make it a point to tell me sons that each of them are unique and God has created them for a specific purpose. I drill into them to not be a copy and be an original.
I have stated before the all of us are born originals, but die copies. My prayer is that each of your reading this will acknowledge and embrace how unique you are and in doing so, contribute your talent to the world the way God designed. As many of you know, I read a lot and I came across a quote by Parker Palmer in his book 'Let Your Life Speak: Listening to The Voice of Vocation' that sums up the quandary that a lot of people face. He states “before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” Unless we have a "burning bush" moment telling us otherwise, the majority of us are more apt to aspire to being like someone else as opposed to celebrating our individuality.
As Peter states in today's scripture, we are a chosen people and a royal priesthood. Just let that thought sink in for a moment. All of us are chosen and are considered royalty. I don't know about you, but that makes me feel special. Because we are all chosen and considered God's special possessions, we need to conduct ourselves that way. We are called out of the darkness and into the light and as a result, we are to exhibit that uniqueness by exhibiting a holy and useful life. Starting today, let's break out of the mold that we feel compelled by the world to fit in and begin to act like the chosen person that God intended us to be. I know some of the people that are reading this on a personal level and I know for a fact that the world needs for you to display your uniqueness. I am certain that we can change the world and draw more people to experience the joy of having Christ in their life if we will be the person that God created and let YOUR light shine before men.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.