A few weeks back I stumbled upon a beautiful flower bed. Well if you’ve been hanging around here for any amount of time, you know how I love flowers. In fact I’m a sucker for them. I oooh and aahh at just about any flower I come upon. My family would tell you I’m addicted.
Anyway, the flower bed was stunning! As I turned and paused to face it to take it all in, I instantly noticed one spectacular orange flower in the midst of the entire bed of reddish ones.
And at that moment I felt like the Lord whispered, “You’re the orange flower. You stick out. You’re different. I created you to be different. Stand out!” The Lord used that orange flower to speak so loudly to me, I kind of gasped! I pulled out my cell to capture it in the bright sunlight. I wanted that word from the Lord through that lone flower to speak to me over and over! He created me to be different.
Ho-hum will never do.
Average isn’t an option.
Being just like everybody else, is just that. It’s just like everybody else.
And that wasn’t His plan from the beginning of time.
We were each created to be His hands and His feet. I mean guys, who is going to be His hands and feet if we aren’t? I mean.
Think about it – “normal” is so normal!! Who really, really, really, really wants to just be known as normal? Floating through life like everyone else?? Really? For starters, that’s so incredibly boring!! Like at the end of your life do want to be known by “he or she was a nice person.” The world doesn’t miss nice people. It misses the difference-makers, because that’s what counts. Making a difference for Christ will leave a lasting imprint on the world as we know it. And so being crazy for Christ is the only option!!
Now hang on. Lest you think that you are “too old” or even “too young” to get crazy – think again!!
Our God is a timeless God!! Age makes zero difference to Him.
Get up and do something!! Be different! Get crazy for Christ!!
And for goodness sake, quit praying about what you should do. Just do something! Doing anything for Christ will never be out of His will. Never, not ever.
Here’s just a few crazy ideas: Become a foster parent. There are 415,000+ kids in foster care in the United States!! Become a respite foster parent. Don’t be average. Give an adoptive parent a rest. Help fundraise for someone adopting. Get out of normal. Adopt an aging out treasure. Your age doesn’t matter. GO serve the orphans somewhere. And if you already went? GO again. Move outside the box – then burn your box!! Host an orphan this summer. Have a lemonade stand to feed the orphans. Be the crazy one!! Host two orphans this summer!! Retirement isn’t an option.
Life is too short to be average. It’s just way too short.
Be the crazy one (with me)!