Day 24: Different

When you look at yourself, do you see nothing but ordinary?
Nondescript?
Average?

When you see something about you that is different,
do you devalue your difference?
See it as weird?
Something to be hidden?
Something to be altered to resemble standards not made for you,
you who are a citizen of the Kingdom that lasts forever?

This eternal Kingdom is ruled by the King who will never be dethroned.
Remember who you.
Remember whose you are.
You are different.
Own your difference.

“For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [live as those who are native-born to the Light] (for the fruit [the effect, the result] of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is most acceptable to Him—your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation]” (Ephesians 5:8-10, AMP).

This post is for Day 24 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. The theme of my series is, “Season,” based on the definition, “make (wood) suitable for use as timber by adjusting its moisture content to that of the environment in which it will be used.” Please click here to find the Table of Contents and links to other posts in the series.

Five Minute Friday: Other

Other

Other – a person­ or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or known.

Other – distinct from, different from, or opposite to something or oneself.

Different – not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form or quality.

When and for what purpose did different, other, come to mean

less than,

deficient,

inferior,

even in His Body?

O God who made us in all our diversity from one original person,

Open our eyes to see how this lie has pervaded our lives. Set us free so that we can live truth and not just speak it.

FMF

I am joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Other.” The definitions for “Other” and “Different” are from oxforddictionaries.com (emphases added).

Advent Day 13 & FMF: Different

Peace (7)

“Prince of Peace.” This is one of the names given to You, the Child who was born and the Son who was given (Isaiah 9:6).

And You give this assurance through the prophet Isaiah, “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You – in both inclination and character]. Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. Further, You instruct us through the apostle Paul, “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests know to God. And the peace of God [that peace which] reassures the heart, [that peace which] transcends all understanding, [that peace which]  stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours] (Philippians 4:6-7, AMP). And this peace that You give, this gift of peace, is different from the peace that the world gives. It is not fragile or dependent on circumstances. It endures because it is based in You the Prince of Peace.

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FMF

This post was written for Day 13 of the Advent 2017 series and for Five Minute Friday.