Written & Published by Lolita Buck
There is something so beautiful & pure about this picture. It's a symbol of innocence & youth. But also of courage & boldness because anyone courageous enough to color outside the lines of ordinary, choosing to no longer conform to the the things of this world deserves to wear a crown much like the one the little girl wears above. It seems as if give God gives us permission as adults to do just that. Check out his word.
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Can you believe it? God is actually commanding us to color outside the lines people! I always thought God was pretty awesome but this scripture gives his awesomeness much more credibility.
Let's talk a bit about being bold for the kingdom of Heaven. I often wondered why we were always taught as kids to color inside the lines or for that matter why that penmanship paper even existed? (If you're at least my age you know exactly what I'm talking about.) It appears to me that God is looking for some radical individuals who are willing to wreak havoc on this Earth & staying in the safe zone clearly isn't going to cut it. Now you know if he tells you to come boldly before the throne & you're approaching the King of kings & Lord of lords. You know he expects your color game in the world to trump that. Neat & confined just isn't God's get up.
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
Anyone who challenges the status quo that doesn't fit in with mainstream society is right up God's alley. I mean you're screaming inadvertently use me God! Just think about it, if you're just like everyone else then how can God create a platform for you to be used? Anything that's just like everything else gets lost in the ordinariness of life. So coloring outside the lines makes you stand out. That is also something God commands us to do.
2 Corinthians 6:17
"Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."
To be honest that's the premise of this entire blog because nothing about my life says "ordinary". ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT ALL. And although I like to connect with all types of people from all walks of life my ministry is definitely akin to the misfits of society. Empowering others just like me, or similar to me makes me feel like a superhero of sorts. So the more abstract you are the better. Ordinary is boring in my opinion. So the next time you see your child or any other child for that matter staying within the norm please challenge them to color outside the lines. No doubt about it these are the babies that God will decide to use later on down the line. If you don't believe me just look at the ones who stood out back in biblical times. Or even most historical figures today. Rarely do these individuals stay within the lines. It is their courage to go beyond the confines of life & explore uncharted territory that makes each of them great in their own special way.
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and that you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude