We discussed the reasons biblically for why this choice was not wise and how we have taken this stand to protect her heart. She was so remorseful and tender to the correction. After we prayed and dealt out the consequences, we just sat around chatting about starting high school and all that was awaiting her. She confessed her fears and doubts, and then said, “I just wanted to be in the know for this app because I am tired of being different.”
God in His loving kindness gave me a precious memory from our trip to Folly Beach, South Carolina over spring break. She and I have always been shell hunting buddies. We laugh and say that the rest of our family does it for fun, but we are "serious about our shells." On our first day there it was freezing. The wind was blowing and we were bundled up in hoodies but nothing was going to rob us of a chance to find unique and beautiful shells. We set out with our buckets and shovels ready to find amazing treasures.
In our conversation, I reminded her of this and then asked her a question. "Honey, how many unique and beautiful shells did we find on that hour or so walk?" She answered with a sigh, "Only two or three." "Yes, that is right, but were those the only shells we saw or the only shells we picked up?” I said. “No,” she answered with a roll of her eyes. “We must have seen thousands, and picked up a hundred or so only to find them broken or partially missing.”
Being different for God’s glory is a call to uniqueness and beauty. Any day, you can choose to be one of the crowd following head long into the scars of sin. Being different, is a blessed gift from an amazing God.
That very day I ordered a shell bracelet for all seven of my girls. I have shared this precious truth with each of them, and tucked it in my heart as well. 1 Peter 2:9 states, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
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How do you help your kiddos be chosen, holy and peculiar to ". . .shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (I Peter 2:9)?
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