The world tells us stuff a whole different way than the Bible does. For instance -- the world tells us to get to the top, that it doesn't matter who we squash and exclude on our way up -- just GET THERE! That's what it seems to be about.
The Bible goes about life in a totally different way. It's not a competition. There's no top and bottom. We have a relationship with God, and we love others, listen to God... and do what He tells us to do. God doesn't want us to exclude or be mean to other people. So we shouldn't do that, even if it means we'll never be the most popular person in the school. That is SO not what life is about! Once we die and go to heaven to spend eternal life with Jesus Christ, my best friend -- what will you be able to look back on? The time the dorky kid had no friends and you just looked away like everyone else -- or the time the dorky kid had no friends and you were so totally nice to them and you became best friends? To be perfectly honest, well... I'm not perfect. HELLO. That's obvious. Yes, sometimes I go by the way of the world. I can't help it. The world, I guess you could say, manipulates us into doing what it wants us to do, instead of following Jesus and His way.
I still haven't figured out that, even if I did something really embarrasing one day -- it doesn't really matter. Ten years from now even -- will you really CARE? I don't get why I can't just realize that and live like God wants us to. Instead of the way the world tells us to.
I mean, I know that -- but it's just easier to live and act like everyone else, you know? Why be different? I know that sounds really lame. It's the truth, though. It's hard. I've always thought, "Hey, being a Christian's easy. Why are people always saying it can be hard because of peer-pressure and stuff?" And for me, that's not why it's hard. Well, it's not hard -- I mean, being a Christian. It's not supposed to be hard. God made it about as simple as He could for all of us to get into Heaven and recieve Eternal Life -- and a best friend. It's being different, being who God created me to be -- all the time.
It's something I need to learn, I guess. Anyone in the same place? I hope you've all had a great week, and don't forget about God and quiet times...:)