Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bee yourself!!!

God created you just the way you are. Stop trying to be someone else just to fit in.
That does not just go to high school or teenagers. We, as adults, do the same thing.

I am a smoker. And almost 99% of the people I talk to, go out with and have fun with, do not smoke. (this might be a bad example) I have found myself wanting to quit because they do not smoke. But I was wanting to quit for the wrong reasons. I wanted to quit to "fit in". The truth is, even after I quit smoking, I will still feen that cigarette if I am at a place with alot of smokers. The only way I will quit smoking is if I am ready to rely on God to take away that from me. And yes, it is sin. But not in a way that people might think. It is a sin because my body is the temple of God and I need to keep the temple clean. It is not a sin because it does not look like a christian thing to do.

I remember a story a friend told me. He was at a conference and it was break time. Well, he walked outside and found a huge amount of people smoking, looking down and ashamed of it.

I have found myself stepping out of the ashamed feeling that I would feel if someone saw me smoking. This is a part of me. Even when I quit, it will be a part of me. It makes me ..... ME! Not that I say that with pride. I hate that I smoke. It harms my body and even though I smoke outside of the house, it is still effecting my children. BUT, it is with me for a reason. This comes back to my "I believe EVERYTHING happens for a reason" statement. And it is true. Even when the devil comes in to attack, God will use it for his glory. It happens for a reason!!!!

My point.....I smoke and I will not change that about me just to fit in. And if any of my friends do not like it and do not want to be around me because if it, then I guess they were not really my friends after all.
As parents, we tell our children to be themselves and do not change who they are to have friends or fit in. But so often we forget to apply that to ourselves.