I hosted a teen girls’ conference this past March and one of the topics that was discussed was “Standing Out vs. Fitting In”. I chose this topic because I remember my middle school and high school years as being an unending quest to fit in with my peers. I wanted to be accepted by the cool kids yet I was embraced more readily by the nerds! Many of the kids that I wanted to fit in with regularly ditched classes. The nerds gladly went to class every day, and sat in the front – near the teacher. What’s funny to me now is that I seek out a seat in or near the front now. I realize that there are fewer distractions in the front.
While I was trying to fit in with those who were headed nowhere fast, God had already charted out the path for me to take. All I had to do was be willing to follow. After many twists and turns, I finally yielded my life to God and realized that it is more important to stand out than to fit in.
Take action now: Don’t wait for others to confirm or understand your destiny. God has already established your future and it’s full of promise. “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
Embrace this truth: Everyone’s journey is unique. Let’s be patient while we all find our way.