“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
─ Galatians 1:10
Danny had noticed some changes over the past few weeks in how his nine-year-old daughter, Paige dressed for school. One morning as she scooted into her chair at the breakfast table he asked her about it. “So, why are you wearing your hair in two pony tails? I thought pony tails made your head hurt.”
“Well, all the girls are doing it now.”
“All the girls?” Danny questioned.
“All of us girls, that are in Alexi’s group,” Paige replied, as she took a bite of bacon. “We all dress alike, wearing the same colors, same shoes … you know, Dad!”
“So, what you’re saying is you’re changing what you like so that Alexi will include you in her group?” Paige nodded affirmatively.
“I’m not really a fan of that!” Danny replied. “God created each of us differently. We need to celebrate our differences. And while it’s fun to be included in a group, you shouldn’t have to do what someone else tells you to do simply for them to like you. God doesn’t need another Alexi; He needs a Paige. Think about being who God created you to be,” he encouraged. “We’ll talk about this more tonight,” he said with a smile.
Rather than living by faith, the Jews established customs and traditions set forth by their leadership and strongly encouraged others to follow. When Jesus came on the scene and opposed some of their traditions, he became an outcast. He refused to fit in because he esteemed his relationship with God above all else.
Today’s One Thing
Take time today to write a note of encouragement to someone that is unwilling to go the worlds way no matter what.