There’s this great Christian song by Toby Mac and the chorus goes like this – I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul
Don’t wanna walk away let me hear the people say
I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul.
I don’t want things or the beliefs of the world to tell me what I’m supposed to do and how I am to be with my life. That’s what a relationship with God has done for me. I’ve embraced going against the grain. He’s the One I listen to. Not the world.
It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd and live a life “against the grain” in our modern society. However, for Christians, we are called to follow God’s will and live according to His commandments even when it may seem unpopular or difficult. As Christians, we should strive to show love and kindness towards others while also standing up for what is right…both in our own lives and in the life’s of others.
In doing so, we demonstrate that living “against the grain” can bring many benefits including greater connection with others, growth of confidence and self-esteem, a deeper sense of contentment due to living according to God’s values, and ultimately an improved relationship with Him as well.
Living a life “against the grain” does require courage but it provides us with a unique opportunity for spiritual growth that cannot be achieved any other way.
So, the next time someone tells you that you are crazy, or that you “should do this, because that’s how everyone else does it,” just say, “thanks and no thanks.” It’s ok to stand out from everyone else.
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