Spiritual Growth

The Crowd

They know the “way it should be done” and hold all the expectations which come along with belonging.

The crowd.

I can blend in and follow and feel a part of, but somehow the call from my heart always leads me elsewhere.
It always has.

I feel the draw from the deeper places to move away from the expected and popular — to follow a different path altogether.  But this calling means risking and stepping away.  What they do is predictable, promising a given outcome if I do what is expected.

Still, I can’t hush the other voice which asks me to listen and be what I was made to be: something unique, someone who is now and will not be ever again.  I hear the call to make my mark, however small, but to do it with courage and to stay the course.  I could easily give in and succumb to the “way it is done.”  I could hang with the others and know that there is fellowship and camaraderie in their presence.  Yet, if I choose that way, the way of the crowd, I am killing off this other part of myself – the part which is unique and must walk according to the deeper call.

Every arena of life has its norms, protocols and expectations.  This is how it is done.  If I am to write successfully, I must do A, B, C.  To be a good home educator, you do X, Y, Z.  To be a good Christian you serve here, pray at this time, talk this way, go to this church.  God knows.  He is the Author of the deeper call.  He has wooed me from my early years to step away from the crowd.  Jesus loved the crowd, but the crowd never defined Him and it never owned Him.

Dear Lord, help me to walk in the deeper way and follow the call to be the one you made me to be — only me, following only You, doing the unexpected and getting the results You would have for me.

Linking with Five-Minute-Friday (for the spontaneous prompt: “Crowd”) 
and with The Weekend Brew.  

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5 Comments

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    HeartsHomeward
    March 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Thanks, Richelle. So glad you came over to Hearts Homeward and took the time to comment. He does love the crowd and has mercy and love for each of us in that crowd. God bless you.

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    Elizabeth Stewart
    March 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    I am your neighbor at Barbie's this week. I agree with you that true joy is found in being the one God created us to be, not in trying to be like others.

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    HeartsHomeward
    March 15, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Elizabeth,
    Thank you for coming over to HeartsHomeward. I am so glad that you know what I am talking about — being the person He created and calls out. I am looking forward to visiting your blog.

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    Barbie
    March 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I am thankful for a personal God, who gifted each of us with unique talents and gifts with which to bring His glory here on this earth. I strive daily to get my eyes off of others and onto the One who matters. Hugs!

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    HeartsHomeward
    March 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    It is a constant work of His to keep tilting our heads up towards Him and away from all these distractions. Barbie, thank you, for always coming here and leaving a comment. It means a lot to have you bless me that way.

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