I do confess I am a bit of an odd ball – it wasn’t always something to be proud of – my flowery Doc Martin boots (not mine above- mine long since died) didn’t always fit in, let along my hand painted blue zebra striped boots! But now I’m a bit older (and less exotic in my dress sense) my odd ballness seems to be appreciated by others more – being able to think a bit differently is not a bad thing.
I was reading Adrain Plass over the holiday – always a dangerous thing and he said this:
Let us take courage, all those of us who feel that we have been pushed into a strange and alien shape by the expectations of those who see conformity as a priority. Conformity is very far from being the priority of the Holy Spirit. When God heals our bodies or our minds or our spirits, his aim is not to suppress our special characteristics, but to set us free to be ourselves in the best and most useful way possible. (You, Me & Mark)
Being set free has been on my mind a lot over Easter – it is why Jesus came – to set us free from sin. But he not only frees us from sin but the expectations of others also.
Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
In Christ you are free to be God’s creation so don’t let anyone exchange your freedom for a different type of slavery – the slavery to fit in. Embrace your odd ballness – God made you unique for a purpose.