"How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception." Yes, when everyone else is wanting to follow the crowd, how wonderful and glorious when you can be the exception, the one who goes your own way. You are not concerned that people will think you are different or not like you because you decided to be your own person. You can be like this attorney who walked into the kitchen at work, sat down to eat his lunch and not caring if anyone was watching or what they would think said his grace. That is a person confident in himself and committed to following the ways of God in spite of what the world thinks. Different is a good thing. You are not led or drawn away by the popular crowd. Remember when Peter was reprimanded because when he was before one group, he would eat with his friends who were the non-Jews but then when another more conservative group which he was afraid of would show up he would shy away and eat with them. Peter was concerned with what others thought about him. I have done the thing where I was more concerned with what others thought so I would follow the crowd. As I grew in Christ though, I became the exception and followed the way that I knew would please God. I started to not concern myself so with what my peers or my friends thought about me. Being the exception sometimes can cause others to steer clear of you or talk about you, but that's okay. As my grandmother and the pastor said, "So what, they talked about Jesus. What makes you think you are any better?"
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
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