Our culture trumpets the message of “Be unique by being yourself.”
But, when a person’s life-compass is always pointed toward themselves, it only creates a narcissistic feedback loop. By giving our disordered desires full reign in an attempt to be unique, we only experience confusion at best and self-destruction at worst.
I believe there is a better counter-intuitive way — produce fresh goodness. In a pastoral message to people who were enduring persecution and suffering, Peter encourages them by saying, “So also those who suffer according to God’s will should entrust their whole lives to the faithful creator by doing what is good.”
“Doing good” in the Bible doesn’t mean following rules or behaving properly. It means creating fresh, unique goodness in the world. Those who are going through the worst life can throw at them entrust their lives to God by doing creative good for the sake of others. Doing good is bringing love, kindness, compassion, mercy and wisdom into people’s lives.
This gentle, yet power way causes us to be distinct and unique in a sea of confusion and destruction.
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