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Thursday, February 9, 2012

See, I told you not to conform…


Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Happy Bugg Day! 
Today is my Gayle’s big brother’s birthday, though he does not celebrate here with us.  He fulfilled his earthly assignment (early by our reckoning) and went home to his eternal rest. Of all the things I remember-he was at all times an original…never conforming.  See, I told you not to conform. 
I love confirmation….messages from the Universe (one of my many names for God) that you’re on the right path.  Last month, I blogged about being present; resisting the temptation to conform to the world (e.g., multi-tasking, moving too fast, missing everything by focusing on nothing).  This morning’s prayer for my husband was that he be conformed not to the world but yielding and obedient to God’s Will for his life.  See, I told you not to conform. 

I guess it’s easy to be like everyone else. A wake up call in the form of a blog posted entitled Enough Already! (written by someone you should be reading over at All Things His resonated with me…” we all bury our imperfections so cleverly that we cannot find the ones who could help us through” …if everybody else looks okay, we believe that we’d better look alright too, or risk standing out.   It’s not easy being different.

I know different, and while I embrace it now, celebrating it in my children and throughout our lives, I had to get here.  In the 1970 census, the first in which I was counted 87.7% of the population (by race) was unlike me.  I was different.  In 2010, 52% of families in American households, according to a study by the Brookings Institution are unmarried.  Different again.  Even in 2011, in what is considered a post-racial era in the wake of the United State’s first black president, only 36% of African-American choose not to chemically straighten their hair, choosing to wear it natural.  With locs, I am So. Very. Different.  But see, I told you not to conform.

In a very interesting blog entitled Against Conformity, Charles lehardy writes, “non-conformity means pushing back. It means resisting, exerting yourself against cultural forces that are contrary to the teachings of Scripture. It means paddling upstream, against the current. Christianity is not for those who want to float with the tide. It's about swimming, not drifting.”

Let’s not drift anymore, okay? Certainly as I consider my prayers for my husband, I don’t want to be following a drifter.  As mother to two who will (in ways large or small, as will each of our children) rule and change their world, I need to be charging ahead with goals in mind, not floating where the tide might carry me, as they are always watching.  I don’t know who else might be watching, but my prayer is always, “Lord, if someone should see me, please let it be that I was caught in the act of doing Your Will.”

Remember Dory in Finding Nemo?  You never know from whence your blessings may come.  Dory had it right.  Don’t drift.  Don’t bury your imperfections.  God sees and loves them, and is working on you where you are right now.  Don’t conform to the pattern of this world…
just keep swimming,
just keep swimming,
just keep swimming swimming swimming,
what do we do we swim swim swim

So, all day today I celebrate the memory of Bugg, delightful in his non-conformity (Gayle, if you made it to Arlington this afternoon, I hope you remembered to give him my love, and remind him that I'm doing my very best to look out for you as he would).  I thank God for my husband, a complete original.  Today, celebrating that you and I are unique, one-of-a-kind creations of the Almighty, I will smile all day, knowing that God is good. 

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful post! You know what else this made me think of? The song "Rebel" by Lecrae. Have you heard it? Check youtube if you haven't. He packs so much truth into that song (and all his songs) and the part where the speaker filters in is awesome also...

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