I remember trying to fit in.
I tried to be cool, I tried to be fly, I tried to find my place in the pack, so to speak. There weren’t a whole lot of kids who understood what speaking in tongues were, there weren’t many of us who spent our lunch hours having our own Bible study in the art room (bless my art teacher’s heart – he gave us a safe place to do that.) I felt guilty sometimes when I was inclined to go hang out with the “popular” kids. Sometimes it felt like I was leaving my Christians friends by themselves. It’s not that we weren’t cool because we were Christian, but sadly, that’s what it felt like at times. However, I liked people, all people. I felt drawn to different “groups”. I’m still like that.
You know what? That was okay! I like what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (MSG), check this out:
“Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, non religious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralist, the defeated, the demoralized – whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ – but I entered the world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!”
This is awesome! I can just imagine Paul trying to fit in, being humble, being kind, showing people respect … hoping to be accepted in so he could be a friend unto them.
We should go out and get involved, be friendly, be fly. Stand up for our faith sweetly. Let our actions do the talking. There is strength in Christ and we will shine when we keep Him in our heart and mind.
He gives us the hope that this world is craving, we should share that hope.
That is being a friend who is fly.
Lindsey, I am having trouble trying to put a meaning to “fly”. Can you help?
It is like “cool cat”. Teen talk for cool.
Over Christmas, I hung out with my cousin’s teen kids, chilling and hanging with ’em, throwin down a lil WORD like they do. Surprised, they said, “You know what’s up.”
I had to smile.
I just have to add … it has been my experience that Christian teens feel like they are put in a “square” box … as if they cannot be “cool cats” because they pray together or do the right things. We need to reclaim what really is cool … Life in God everyday.