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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)

TITLE: Don't Belong
By Sherri Fulmer Moorer


I was never popular. In school, I was the “weird girl” that got good grades and liked strange things. I was different and honestly didn’t care. I knew people would judge me however they pleased, so I saw no reason to change for them.

Despite all you do to impress the world, you will never make everybody happy. Someone will always have a problem with something you have said or done. We are surrounded by ideals of what a good person should be, and it’s hard not to take in all of this information and compare ourselves with more “ideal” people. Everywhere you look, there is always somebody that you should strive to be more like – the person everybody at the office loves, the talented athlete, the gifted musician, the do-it-all supermom, or the beautiful models that grace magazine covers. Ideals of “perfection” are all around us, and it’s hard to remember that humanity is imperfect when the flaws of others are hidden so well.

This is garbage, and the sooner we quit taking it in, the sooner we’ll quit putting it out. We are all unique creations of God. We are given what we need in order to do what we are supposed to do in our time on earth. God told Jeremiah “before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5 RSV), and He meant it for each and every one of us as well. We would be wise to embrace our differences and use them to serve God.

This is difficult, because people usually chastise differences. It seems the world is always trying to fit us into a mold that is considered acceptable by the majority. We are all different, but most people work hard to hide their differences for worldly acceptance. What a shame that they work to root out the very thing God finds valuable in them.

Since when does anybody have a right to squeeze you into a mold? We are told, “do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2 RSV). Your purpose is to love and obey God, and to serve Him through your belief in Christ. Other people have no idea what God has put in your heart. They have no right to pass judgment on how God made you or where He leads you. God made us the way we are to serve Him, not the majority. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop people from judging, so you have to find a way to shift your focus to the One that is the final authority if you want to find any peace.

Although it might be easier to go with the flow, we were designed to follow an individual path. The Bible asks us “who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:4 RSV). I have come to terms with the fact that I do not want to be part of the “in” crowd if it will make me anything less than God created me to be. The majority may not like it, but I am at peace with myself through Christ and will change what He leads me to change.

Please know that God loves you just the way you are, and He does not want you to change for acceptance from society. Remain true to yourself as God made you, and you will never go wrong. In the end of all things, you will never be asked why you weren’t like somebody else – you will be asked why you weren’t yourself.

Member Comments
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darlene hight08/23/04
Celebrate differences-Imagine that God made them on purpose!
Sheila Boyd08/23/04
One day I was looking at a magazine and saw a picture of a beautiful model. Her hair, her skin, her face, and her shape she was flawless. I absently wondered why God had made her so beautiful, and not me. Later in our prayer group our pastor’s wife said, “God wanted me to sing this to you, ‘You are so beautiful to Me.’” I still cry when I remember it. Thank you for this article.
Mary Elder-Criss08/24/04
Very good words of advice. I used to suffer dearly from the "Don't belong" disease, until God showed me just how proud He was of me...faults and all. Thanks for sharing this.
Blessings, Mary
Lucian Thompson08/24/04
When you give answer for who you are, it won’t be to those snobs you described, but to the One who made you who you are. You are loved!
Annette Bury08/25/04
I loved your sentence - Ideals of perfection are all around us,...
As a former perfectionist, I can so relate - Thanks for sharing!
L.M. Lee08/26/04
I have come to terms with the fact that I do not want to be part of the “in” crowd if it will make me anything less than God created me to be. The majority may not like it, but I am at peace with myself through Christ and will change what He leads me to change.

True freedom in Christ
Linda Germain 08/28/04
Sherri, my best friend has just published her first book. Pictures were taken of her for the back of the jacket. She is a lovely , petite blond with a 20 year old son, but she could pass for 20 something herself! Anyway, she called to laughingly tell me they were "enhancing" her picture for the book. All flaws were erased, eyelashes longer,etc. THAT is exactly what is done to movie stars and models, the ones so emulated. The final product is not REAL to start with. In my years of nursing at a big teaching hospital, I took care of many "names" who, when sick and in an ugly hospital gown, looked JUST LIKE the rest of us (and were just as scared of needles and procedures... :0) True beauty shines with dazzling brightness through a Godly countenance. That is ALL that matters. The rest is smoke and mirrors! God Bless