Do you every ask yourself; “What is normal behavior?” Lot’s of people imagine “normal” as their own way of living life but God has called us all to stand out of the worlds “normal” crowd and just be whom He created you to be, no matter what crowd you’re in at the time. But is that accepted in today’s world? Are you accepted by not drinking in a crowd of “friends” that are drinking? Are you accepted by not smoking and or vaping in today’s world of “friends” that smoke and or vape? Are you accepted in what ever crowd you’re hanging out with, if you are not joining in on what ever that particular crowd of “friends” is in to these days?
My personality is not well liked by many people in today’s world. I am a very opinionated, out spoken type of person. I speak my mind, even when not prompted to, on just about anything and everything that comes up no matter whom I’m with, and often times with very little filter, if any.
I am a Christian and I stand firm on my faith and beliefs that Jesus is the Son of God and that we will all be held accountable for our actions here on earth when we die. I believe that Heaven and Hell are very real. I also believe that if you are not saved by Gods grace that you are not a christian, even if you “do good things” for others because good works do not get you to Heaven. Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I am also a take charge, get er done, type person. Some people may even say that I am controlling but I don’t see it that way. I see it as a, if you aint gonna say it or do it then just move over and let me do it so we can be done with it already type of person.
I am also known as a “redneck” which is most our “normal” in the South. I am not always “politically correct” in my speaking and behaviors but I try my best to live as Christ like, as I know how to, by my actions and responses to others…..now. Before I was saved, I didn’t care how I made others feel by what I said or did, but now I do. My Texas accent, with that Southern draw, makes lots of people laugh out loud. Some times I am even asked to repeat a word, just so someone can hear me say it in my Texan slang and accent. And don’t even ask me for directions. HaHa! My directions are by “land marks”, not by north, south, east, and west. If you ask me about politics, you may think I’m clueless because I have my own way of explaining things to myself to make it make since.
All of the different characteristics that are within me, make me a unique individual created by God, as we all are. I do not care to be “liked” by everyone but I do care to be loved by them as Jesus called us to love one another. John 13:34-35 says “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
If you don’t like something about me, or someone else, that’s okay because we probably don’t like everything about you either. What matters the most is that we are able to love one another through our dislikes of one another. There is no need to point out everyone else’s characteristic flaws that you don’t like about them because we all have our own things about us that is not liked by someone. However, God created each one of us so that makes us perfect in His eyes.
The question here is: Can you look past someones characteristics that you don’t like in them in order to show true love, which is the love of Christ Jesus Himself? If not, you need to have a heart check. Just because we are different and have different ways about us does not mean that we can’t love one another.