“That is so Tumblr quality.”
We’ve heard that statement a lot, huh?
Our society is obsessed with trends and ‘perfection.’ Tumblr and Pinterest are great examples of the world’s portrayal of “fleek.”
If you keep up with the newest styles and live Tumblr to a T (pun intended;), then, woo-hoo! One thousand followers to ya!
If not…then, well, you risk unpopularity.
Girls try so hard to meet society’s high Perfection Bar that they end up forgetting who they really are. They butcher their selfies with who-knows-how-many-filters to match the flawlessness of their favorite Youtuber or Instagrammer.
In this day-and-age, we’re constantly pressed to act like everyone around us. You have to say just the right things and hang out with just the right people to keep your status up.
And trying to meet the public’s expectations is nothing short of exhausting.
Often self-hate and abuse result from failure to match Perfect World. Failure to be like everyone else.
Truth is, you’ll never please everybody.
And guess what? That’s okay!
Jesus LOVES uniqueness. He loves when we embrace His design for us, and He definitely never asks us to strive for society’s approval. If He wanted us to match everyone around us, He wouldn’t have created the individual. And He wouldn’t have given salvation. Because regardless of how closely you follow fads, your identity in Him is an automatic separation from the crowd.
Say you sit down to enjoy a bowl of Cheerios—hundreds of tiny donut seeds, all the same in taste and appearance. Then, right as you dive for your next spoonful of cereal, a bright ring catches your eye—a Fruit Loop?
Why is a Fruit Loop in your Cheerio bowl?
Forget how it got there—you noticed it, didn’t you? You noticed the Fruit Loop because it was different.
In the same way, Christ calls his followers to be different from the world and walk according to His likeness.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV).
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2, ESV).
Despite society’s pressure, you really can—and should—stand out as the beautiful, redeemed person that you are.
Be who God called you to be! Why does it matter if you’re looked down on for being different? The world has nothing on you when God fights your battles. You have the promise of His blessing when you stand with Him.
Be the Fruit Loop in the bowl of Cheerios! Use your differences to influence–to make the unpopular popular. To let others know it’s okay to be individual.
I’d rather be mocked by culture than disappoint my Creator.
This article starts a mini-series on living set-apart.
I don’t have all the answers, but I do have the Bible. And I know it has plenty to say about “being the Fruit Loop among Cheerios.” 😉