ABNORMAL vs. NORMAL? Who in the world wants to be normal? Not me! What is “abnormal” anyway? My normal is ….well… Abnormal. I don’t want to be like anyone, or everyone… I like being different. I like being the odd-man out. Who notices the normal guy?
It’s not that I want to “bring attention” to myself, at least not in a negative way. I want to bring attention to “what I represent.” But I’d rather dare that miss-representation… than risk not being noticed at all. I’m not the back-door type. I try to stand tall, walk erect, speak out, and dress properly. I shave every day,… combed hair. I even wear socks, and I don’t wear a jacket with my shirt-tail hanging out…. not cool. I would not call myself “fashionable” by any stretch of the imagination, but I do my best to dress neat, clean, and presentable… even though, to my bride’s opinion… I dress… well…different.
The question is: who am I offending? Not anyone… I hope. I’d rather someone have a “negative opinion”…then “no opinion.” The point in all of this is: If you’re not noticed, then you may as well stay home. People don’t notice those who “blend into the wall.” People don’t do business with the “invisible.” Others will “remember you” if you leave an IMPRESSION… good ….or bad. Naturally, a “good impression” would be the desired effect.
Admittedly…the impression I leave today… is not near as important as it was in my formative years… but still worth the effort, even though… because today… I represent the Lord God, the Savior of all mankind…as in by-gone years, I was more interested in representing the “big ME.” Not that cool…either!
Now… don’t misunderstand me… this whole scenario is about being “honest” in who you are… and who and what you represent. The statement that I wish to make, and the impression I wish to leave… is one of honesty, courage, commitment, fairness, dependability, wisdom, with a “touch” of humility, and a “good dose of BOLDNESS.”
I do this by “being myself,” and TRYING to treat people the way I want to be treated. This “process” is not easily accomplished in a business setting, social setting, or even a spiritual setting… if you’re off “trying to be someone else,” instead of yourself. It’s not easily accomplished if you’re a “wall-flower.” Would Jesus, or John the Baptizer… have been able to accomplish their mission… if they were “normal everyday wall-flowers?” Not likely.
Today… My “mission” in life is to “represent The Lord God, Jesus Christ. I take Matthew 28:19 seriously: “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.”
I cannot accomplish my mission being a “soft-spoken-introvert,” or such, that no one even notices or pays attention. Three things that I do, is: 1) I wear a Chaplin’s pin on my hat, and 2) I wear a Chaplin’s pin on my coat lapel; and 3) I conduct myself as a “perfect (southern) gentlemen” at all times. This alone brings more attention to me than I can handle on a given day. I rarely have to initiate a conversation with anyone, as they are always approaching me. Plus, it also keeps me on the straight and narrow… and protects me from the evil one. I like representing Our Lord…wherever I go….and to whom I may speak.
In today’s society… standing out, and representing the Lord God, is more important that anything that I’ve ever done in my life… and as such… my Abnormality continues to be “my normal.” Thanks be to God!
PS: I’ve just discovered that my “daily postings” have not GONE OUT as they should. Something is “amiss” with my website (again), and I’m trying to get it fixed. As some of you may know… my house was struck by the recent FLOODS in the southeast corridor (South Carolina), and I’ve been busy rebuilding my entire first floor of my house, and “detecting” that my daily postings are going out as they should has gone “undetected” for some time. I discovered it by accident, as only one daily reader (and good friend – thanks Andy) brought it to my attention that he was not receiving it. So, I also discovered that I either have only “one reader,” or those who do read it daily…. didn’t notice it either. And, thanks to LinkedIn… my BrOOKS-of-WISDOM is, at least, reaching those readers….Thanks be to God. O’well……. many blessings….cjlb.