there was a piece of paper that slipped through my Bible pages. i was going to throw it away because i thought it was junk. but i had to make sure that it was not something important. so i skimmed through the passage.
“Most People Don’t…”
those three words ping-ping in my mind over and over like pebbles against a glass window.
i pause, “it’s true. most people don’t spend so much time sitting in front of a laptop and writing.”
and then it comes, “what’s the matter with you? why can’t you relax and be more like most people?”
you’ve had these words thrown like stones at you too, haven’t you?
most people don’t…wear themselves out in the kitchen because they believe a meal feeds hearts and fills bellies.
most people don’t…throw off their entire schedule because they take time to listen to the stranger in the grocery store having a hard day.
most people don’t…pore over spreadsheets until their eyes are red because they see numbers as a sort of art and a way of bringing order to a chaotic world.
most people don’t do what you do, love what you love, feel the kind of passion you feel about that thing.
i started thinking about this recently and i realized we’re in good company.
here, i started wiping tears that trailed down my cheeks, that would trickle down all the more when i continued reading…
most people don’t…build an ark.
most people don’t…lead people through the desert to the Promised Land.
most people don’t…die on a cross to save the world.
but aren’t we glad on person did?
if most people don’t do it, then it’s probably not the plan of man. there’s probably the heartbeat of God somewhere within it.
we need you, just you, to fulfill that purpose, complete that project, bring that gift to the world in a way no one else can.
most people don’t…but you do.
and that’s amazing.
i was transfixed to my seat, and indulging in the words that spoke not only encouragement but reality of Christian life to me.
this morning, while on my knees, i felt inexpressible sorrow rushing through my heart. it was because of His undying love for such ungrateful generations and of our continual sinful ways, ignorance, indifference, inconsistency and unfaithfulness. despite all of these ungodly qualities, God’s love continues to manifest itself in our daily life. my daily life.
while i was praying, i remembered Jesus standing over the hill, His eyes looked longingly for His people. and He, the King of the earth, the magnificent Savior, lamented for Jerusalem,
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.”
His heart was broken for the Jewish. for you and for me. it was because of His love, devotion and commitment to us that led to do something most people never even thought of doing. something most deemed foolish and insensible.
and that is the thing – most of the time, what He inquires of us in day-to-day life tend to look just like that, foolish and insensible. many times, questions rise among our families and friends, or even within ourselves, if we are in the right mind of doing such and such things. but remember – we are doing what most people don’t do.
maybe it is holding on to your purity for your marriage bed, or refusing to do drugs even though it means losing your popularity among friends, or quitting jobs and leaving your comfort zone to live for the Lord’s purpose even though it means obvious hardships on the way.
sometimes we get freaked out, and are ready to turn our backs on God. it is okay because we, human, are short-sighted. we may see only thistles and thorns, hardships and pains ahead of us. but remember this – God needs His people to do what most people don’t do. He needs us to be different when the world is mainstreaming everything and giving values to things that do not last.
so be unique. be different. be driven by His love. and be proud that God has chosen you to be distinctive from the world. then go and show your families and friends the way by doing what most people don’t do.