“Here is the problem. Too many of us are giving up the fight because the battle is long and messy. Rather than digging in our heels and refusing to quit, we give in because it just feels better. But friend, this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we find out if we’re just playing faith or if we believe God is who He says He is. This is where we have the opportunity to walk in uncommon perseverance.”
As I read these words I sense that familiar twinge of anxiety mixed with ferocity. Maybe you do too. That longing to stay true to God while you’re being changed in ways you never bargained for. That passion that rises up to live in a way that is freer and more beautiful than what you know now. All while wanting to quit all too often because the journey is hard.
When you’re called up and out to live different, it’s not easy.
I sense that inner roar many of us feel when beaten down, because we refuse to stay that way.
We want more.
We don’t want to settle for “I’m fine” as an answer because we are and we aren’t, but we want to be. All the time. We want to live void of pain and free of failure. Some of us want to live as a perfect Christian and all the trying in the world has left us burdened beyond what we can handle.
We weren’t meant to handle it all in the first place.
Yet, there’s a place for the Christ follower who longs for more. We can take our fierce fire for faith and choose to step with courage.
We can choose to be uncommon.
Carey Scott, author of Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life, brings us through a path of living freer in Christ. I find her words and passion similar to mine in many ways. Literally, I laughed out loud when she described faith as I’ve described some of my personal journey for one of my first writer bios.
“Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” This is the perfect mantra for uncommon faith.
Isn’t that the truth. I bet you’ve experienced some of this too and I need to tell you something. Every time you’ve gotten back up is a time to look back and give God thanks. He gave you what you needed to try again, start again, and choose something new. He will again and again.
Throughout this new book, Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose, Carey invites the reader to consider uncommon ways of living as a Christian. She uses personal and biblical examples to convey the heart of her call to live with uncommon courage, kindness, forgiveness, generosity, love, obedience, and more.
Readers are encouraged and exhorted to live in uncommon ways. Not perfect ways. But not relegated to the commonness of sin, complacency, or despair either.
Carey gives a list of 10 things to help us remember how to live this way.
- Rely on God more than yourself.
- Find hope in hard places.
- Stand up for what’s right.
- Hold on to joy no matter what.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
- Be willing to risk your reputation.
- Don’t give up or give in.
- Don’t live tangled by your past.
- Look past your circumstances.
- Understand there is a calling on your life.
Friends, I know you want to cultivate that which brings life to your souls. We do this by choosing the ways of God that may be hard, unpleasant, and often, those which are uncommon. When we do, we are changed. We become more of who we were created to be, an uncommon being fashioned after the image of a very uncommon God.
Be uncommon dear one. I know you can. We need you.
This post was inspired by the book Uncommon: Living a Life or Purpose and Pursuit by Carey Scott. You can learn more about the book and order at http://careyscott.org/uncommon/.
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