Here’s a thought….when you conduct yourself “differently;” then others will see you in a different light. When one “is different,” we often will see what others may miss…..a gesture, an emotion, or a feature…. all characteristics of what others, too often, overlook. Many times, this will give you an edge in making “the deal” work best for all concerned.
Do others see you as being different? Are you a person, or Leader, who “makes a difference?” People who exude “a difference” standout such that they can be the very person “who made a difference,” in the outcome of some important matter. It could be a “new contract,” the location of the new Church or business, the formation of a Citizens Committee… or the SPIRITURAL influence that “changed” someone’s life…. Forever.
Because my friend, and Evangelist…. Adrian Despres; conducts himself DIFFERENTLY; such that he has had a great INFLUENCE on my spiritual life. Not to mention that he stands 6’4”, weighs in at 275, and talks (or yells) at many decibels higher than the normal speaker… and therefore, he….STANDS-OUT. It’s what he says; how he says it; and the emotion and CHARACTER that he displays, while saying it. He will get your attention….because he’s DIFFERENT. He has a “heart” for Jesus! He STANDS-OUT for Jesus.
Because of Adrian (we can blame him), it is the “very reason” that you’re reading this message today. No… he didn’t tell me to develop BrOOKS-of-WISDOM, but he pointed out to me… and many others that particular day… the fact that Matthew 28:18-19 was talking directly to me. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” It was through the “difference” that Adrian displayed, that very day….that led me to realize there is a Paul and John the Baptizer… and Adrian Despres….somewhere inside… ALL of us, just waiting to escape. There are some… who are standing out, all DIFFERENT…all around us….like me, for an example.
I know that I’m DIFFERENT… I like being different. I want to be DIFFERENT. I want to be NOTICED. I “want” people to “see and hear the Word of God,” when they ENCOUNTER me. If you don’t detect God… somewhere… in my DEMEANOR… then, I’m not doing my job. I’m failing at my assignment; and should be REPORTED.
Are you “carrying yourself” such, that when people see, talk with, or encounter you…. that they see God within you?
We just need “ears to hear and eyes to see.” We have just to read Matthew 7:7-8 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
We all have the “God given Gift” of being different. “It is not just a matter of being different, it’s how we use the DIFFERENCE that makes a DIFFERENCE”. …Blessings… cjlb… 4/22/15.
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