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“He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.”
As I was reading my Bible this morning I came across this verse. I LOVE the first part…”He fashions their hearts individually…” I think so often we feel like we have to fit this mold. Do this, accomplish this, look this way, and then you’ll fit in, you’ll belong.
I can’t help but think of Paul’s words in Romans, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2). I don’t think that it’s an accident that the following verses (Romans 12:4-8) talk about how we are all different but part of the same body.
I’ve never been one to love the Starwars movies. I don’t mind watching them…but I don’t like the death, the violence and the gore. However if you’ve ever seen them you know that there’s the droids and the Storm Troopers each of these groups are identical. The same height, build, armor and weapons. Watching them march to attack is a little intimidating… They’re laser focused on their goal. Nothing will stop them…It’s an identical force…
The droids are all manufactured in factories (how they have thoughts and talk I don’t know), but the Storm Troopers are TRAINED to be identical. Even though they are human it’s like they’re brainwashed to do and be exactly what is needed at that time. Their names and identities are stripped and they’re given an identification number instead. They know nothing else other than what they’ve been trained to do.
Ya’ll our lives were made for more than squishing into a mold and given an identification number!
What fun is there in that?!? If you had a choice would you want to fit into the Storm Trooper Mold of this world or discover the you God made you to be?
I confess that more times than not I want to be a Storm Trooper. I want to fit in, to be liked, to look like all the pretty people on T.V., to have their social life. But then I stop. Do I really envy those who don’t have any privacy and have to dodge cameras just to go to the store? Do I really want complete strangers writing articles and criticizing me about the comfy outfit that I wore out in public the other day?
And yeah, they may have more “friends” than I do and receive more Christmas cards every year but I’ll bet that the friends that I have would be there for me in a heartbeat should I need them. We don’t take a lot of pictures together but we do stuff. We get busy being friends; talking, eating ice cream and laughing over inside jokes and actually forget to take pictures.
I guess that I say all of that to say that our normal lives filled with normal everyday things (work, school, Summer vacation, house projects, etc) seems pretty good to me. Discovering who God made us to be is never easy…it’s filled with ups and downs, hills and valleys, good and bad discoveries; but in the end even with all the challenges and heartbreaks I think it’s a lot better than squishing into the world’s mold and looking like a Storm Trooper.
Until next time,