Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on Guard

You could make the argument that we live in a troubled society. And if that’s the case, then adopting the values and priorities of our society would make us—by virtue of definition—troubled as well, wouldn’t it? Then why do we give in to the pressure to conform to those values and priorities? We often refer to it as peer pressure.

Few things in life come easier than giving in to the pressure to be like everyone else. And even fewer things are more dangerous. Re­sistance requires strength and self-assurance.

Self-assurance that you know God accepts you and loves you just as you are. You don’t need to wear the latest fashions, have the hair color and style of the day, or drive the make and model of car you think will satisfy that yearning to be in the in-crowd. There’s truly only one thing that satisfies . . . a right relationship with God.

– Steve Arterburn

I shall never know the security which consists in being like others. No, I remain in unlikeness. There I remain with Thee–and I recognize the blessedness of it. – Søren Kierkegaard

Dear God, I thank you that you are enough for me. Help me, Lord to be transformed by your Holy Spirit so that the world might see You in me. Amen