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Thoughts to Ponder — Whose fold are you in?

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In my travels of the road of life, I have meet many 'unusual' people.  Some of which would be considered 'marching to their own drum'.   I will never forget my first time on the T in Boston when a cross dresser became a passenger. Having grown up in small town America, my exposure had been very limited.  However, over the years, God has taught me much about people.  But none is as wildly different as Lady Gaga.   She strategically draws attention to herself by her outrageous costumes and actions.  But what does that got to do with me?

The Bible calls you and me to be a "peculiar people' (I Peter 2:9-10 KJV), so does that mean to be outrageous in appearance and behavior - say like Lady G?  I have always been a bit of a drama queen, but I don't believe that is what God meant.  While Jesus walked the earth, scripture says his physical appearance was nothing that would cause you to stare (my paraphrase).  It seems to me that He stood out by in his treatment of people.  Rather than a 'holier than thou' attitude (which he obviously had the right to have), He was a compassionate person who took people where they were at and called them to be all God created them to be.

So is my treatment of others a reflection of Christ or myself?  Am I known to be 'outrageous' in my love for Christ or am I just a 'religious' person?  And in turn, do I demonstrate Christ when the storms come in my life?  Do I 'Dare to be Different' by checking my actions and heart and thus show the herd that I am part of His 'fold'? 

 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind". ( Romans 12: 1-2) 

May you too ponder on these things.

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