I was blessed this week with the opportunity to attend a wonderful conference that focused on corporate growth in God. As a newbie in the religious community I couldn’t help but feel very much out of my element. Although everyone I met was welcoming, I still felt like a fish out of water. It was my first time attending an event as such and as I awkwardly navigated through each day I could not help but wonder how many people who have found the most wonderful gift of a relationship with God have found themselves in my shoes?
Speaking of shoes, It was very difficult for me, a self confessed fashion addict (and yes God is working on me about that), to even chose what was “appropriate” to wear for the day. I used fashion as an example but the same holds true for church etiquette, and any other standards that might be foreign to you. When God interrupts your life’s plans and calls you to him, there is no religious rule book or manual to show you what to do in new environments that you have not operated in before. When we find ourselves no longer fitting in where we used to and poised for a new journey that is God ordained, how do we fit into this new place that we call the church?
I realized that the answer to this question is that you don’t! I know many people may argue this point, but during my journey this week I discovered something very important.
God Made You Perfectly Imperfect
In my new walk with God I find that our relationship leaves me so full that each week I am filled with anticipation to go and praise his name at church. I feel as if the worship services that I attend reinforce the knowledge and intimacy that I have established in God on my own. Church has become a very important part of my life, but I also believe that God knew exactly what he was doing when he made me. I have to then also believe that as long as I conduct myself with reverence for him then any of my other man proclaimed “faux-pas” cannot be allowed to separate me from the assignment and destiny that God has created for me.
God knows our hearts and he is fully aware that we may like to wear red when everyone else wears black. We may speak out of turn in our zeal for what he has placed in us. We may make mistakes when certain rules of the church are unclear to us. How fortunate are we that God doesn’t care about these things. His perfect love through all of our faults is the example of how we should strive to be everyday. So when we find ourselves in an odd man out type of situation, we can hold our heads high and know that there is no fear in Jesus Christ! Our love for God and fulfilling his purpose for our lives is the only thing that matters.
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