Greater is HE that is in me
A hindered heart set loose
Torn from sins grip I flee
Into HIS love I choose
Today, children face a much difficult and different walk than there was when I was a child. Acknowledging Christianity is less acceptable than almost anything else in society. The pressures to fit in are compounded with the pressures of where to get in. Today, a lack of focus or being a social butterfly (or moth) means you’re hyperactive and need to be medicated and being quiet and shy means that at the core you are probably a troublemaker and that’s an easy target to bully and so on. Society has begun to tell us what is acceptable and it sounds nothing like the Word of God. As children it is easy it become discouraged and give up when you feel as if no one cares, or likes and understands you. I tell my children, if you find yourself not fitting in, or you are met with opposition in the world. If they tell you that you are not good enough. That means God has a special assignment for you. It means that you have been called apart from the masses. Do not be discouraged. Do not go chasing a life that will offer no reward in the end. Do not lose hope in your life. Focus on God and He will direct your path. Now this is no slight on those who are social butterflies and moths, God has assignments for you as well. God has a path for everyone.
Well, I was the shy and quiet child, ALL of my other (4) siblings were and are social butterflies…and moths. They all are the partygoers, and club-goers, and the I’m here but, I’ll go there kind of people, they fit in wherever they go seamlessly! How do they do that??!!! I have never fit in, I have always been the cast away, I have always been the odd girl out, I do not feel comfortable going to parties even though friends and siblings have dragged me to them. I would ask people a simple question trying to strike up a friendly conversation, Hi, my name is… How are you doing? Response: Side eye, head turn. That has been my life. And it lead me down a life of trying to get in where I fit in, resentful, not caring about those around me because no cared about me, right? So down this dark road I walked….away from the only ONE who promised to never leave or forsake me.
After wasting years of my life, GOD did not leave me. He continued to allow me to see that I was never going to fit in. I was never going to be accepted out there. Then after all the pressure began to compound my heart…again, HE reminded, “seek ME and I will give you peace and rest in the midst of the turmoil of life.” Now I find myself, with my ‘net’ trying to catch butterflies…and moths (my siblings).
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
Read the story of a well-known cast away: Joseph – Genesis 37, Genesis 39-45
We all know the greatest cast away was JESUS.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You for not leaving me alone but right now I feel as though I am. Show me my purpose Lord so that Your will – will become my focus and not my current situation. Forgive me for setting my eyes on this world and seeking worldly desires. This life is a gift given by You to fulfill a purpose set by You and that is to praise Your name. Lead me through this difficult life with praise on my lips though tears may fall from my eyes.
In the name of Jesus I pray,
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