Odd

A50F88F8-3507-4A57-972A-6589BBA7D989“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Odd

Being odd can be the best possibility when you are in step with The Spirit.  Often people are bullied and chastised for being different, even when they are doing the right thing.  Seeing the painting of the platypus (http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.comreminded me how beautiful oddity can be.  We need to encourage others to be who God has made them to be, even if that seems odd.  Trying to be different to please others or because of societal pressures is not an excuse to be odd however.

Identity

6CA14072-B3DA-4792-8EB3-FE15CBE690A8“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Identity

Our identity is our distinguishing character or personality.  Indeed, it is who we really are. With all the social pressures to mold us into someone that fits someone else’s desires, it is no wonder we have so many identity issues.  As I look back over my life, I think that perhaps I would have been more of the real me in a musical career.  While I had the opportunity to play several musical instruments growing up, no one rewarded that behavior like they rewarded academics.  Now I have trained so long and hard in my profession and given up the best years of musical development.  I try not to be resentful of my past so I move forward full steam, but always mindful of my identity.  I believe that we need to allow our youth to become their true selves by allowing them to seek their true identity, the one God gave them.