Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Be different...but never indifferent.

People are often encouraged to be different. That's a good thing.  God created us to stand out, not blend in.

Different is good. Indifferent is bad.  


Indifference is actually deadly.


I'm preparing a message to preach this weekend at a women's event. I was asked to speak on the theme, "Greater Things." Those aren't possible if a person lives with indifference. If we really want to live in such a way that we make an impact we have to be concerned about something beyond ourselves.   


When you only give attention to yourself or your own agenda, you've actually started to decay. One of my favorite authors, Elie Wiesel once said, "because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies." He also said that, "...the opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”

If there's one thing I never want to be it's indifferent. Because I want greater things. And they only come through daring to be different by forsaking indifference in all it's forms, even subtle ones.

By attending to others, we arrive at a new level that would never have been possible had we remained fixated on ourselves.

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