89. Choose to be Different

“When I play golf with the large group on Tuesdays,” Stan began, “there is a group of us believers who get together before we play golf.”

“That’s nice,” I said.  “What do you do?”

“We read a devotional and discuss it.  We pray for one another.  It’s not a long time, usually less than 30 minutes, but it is a great time of fellowship.”

“How many are usually there?” I asked.

“Not as many as should be,” was Stan’s response.

Continuing, he said, “There are some guys who I know are believers but choose not to be part of that fellowship group because they don’t want to be seen as being weird.”

“Really?”

“Yeah, I rode around one day with one of my friends who I know goes to church regularly, and even sings in the choir.  I asked him if he knew about the group of guys that got together for fellowship before playing golf.”

“What did he say?”

“He said that he knew about the group, but didn’t want some of his other friends to see him there and think he was some kind of super-religious guy.  He said he had overheard some people talking about the group and making fun of them.  He wanted no part of that.”

“How did you respond to that?”

“Carefully.  It was obvious that he was not where I thought he might be in his relationship with God.  I did not want him to go off thinking I was judgmental of him, so I mainly encouraged him to give some thought to the matter.  I suggested he talk to God about it.”

“Has he joined the group?”

“No yet,” was Stan’s reply, “but I am still praying for him!”

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The arrogant utterly deride me, yet I do not turn away from your law.  Psalm 119:51.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how easy it is for me to be intimidated by those who do not know you.  That is the exact opposite of what you want and expect.  You want me to say, along with the Apostle Paul, that I am not ashamed of the Gospel.  Help me, Lord, to always be bold for you and choose to be the different person you want me to be.  Amen.

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