We took the youth group today to the mall in Evansville for a scavenger hunt. There were several of us adults that the kids were supposed to find. The goal for the kids was to walk around the mall and get all of our signatures and meet back in the food court at a certain time. Our job was to not let the kids find us.
At first I was going to dress up crazy, but the more I thought about it, the more I didn’t want to. For one, I didn’t really want to walk around the mall looking like an idiot. Secondly, I decided that the best way to avoid being seen was to blend in. So I walked around the mall for an hour and a half and was only caught twice by the teams, which I consider pretty good because I saw most of them throughout that time walking around and looking.
I think everyone had a good time. I even got a little bit of shopping done. And while I don’t think there was intended to be any sort of object lesson from the whole day, I’m always looking for something to write about, so I found one.
It’s so easy to get lost when we blend in.
Most of us try not to stand out too much most of the time. We can usually blend into the background. No one will notice because we’re careful not to let them. You won’t do anything ridiculous because what if I think you’re a little weird? We’ve worked hard to fit in. We don’t really want to be any different because then that means that sometimes we’re going to be alone. And sometimes when we’re alone, we’d really rather be hanging out with some friends who don’t really get us. They only get who we’ve pretended to be so we don’t stand out.
And then there are times when our souls just long to be heard, but since we’ve worked so hard trying to be what everyone else thinks that we should be, we’ve kind of lost our voices.
We all just need to be seen sometimes.
And I think the only reason we’re not being seen is because we’re not doing anything to stand out. Now, I don’t think we should all walk around in the mall dressed up like a leprechaun or anything like that. But I do think that we should try to be completely who we are. I believe that God has created us all to be different.
And those differences make us beautiful.
But to know how we’re different, we have to know who we are in Christ.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Each fiber and gene created to specifically who we are.
So tell me, who are you?