"I thought so," he said, "I could just tell it when I first met you. You seem so sharp and smart and good." I smiled and thanked him for his compliments, but admitted I was far from perfect. We then started a lively conversation about peculiarity and Christianity.
"I remember seeing one girl on campus when I first got here," he said. "She always dressed modestly with dresses or long skirts and I remember thinking she was so strange!! But when I got to know her I found out she had a strong love for God and was one of the nicest people on campus." He soon found others just like her. After turning his life around and getting back on track with God, he began to realize how attractive these strange people were. He read the Bible verse that says, "For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." Deut. 14:2 He began to realize that God has called us as Christians to be peculiar, to stand out from the world.
"When meeting people like you it seems like you're so squeaky clean, and I envy that. If I were to tell you one thing, it would be to not lose your course, stay on the upward path. Once you've ventured off of it you will never be like you are now. Don't try to fit in with the rest of the crowd because you're different."
His words were both encouraging and sobering at the same time.
I'm not saying girls have to be wear dresses to stand out, or that we have to be weird or work hard in order to be different. When we allow Christ to work in and through us, we will be different.
Any resemblance to a squeaky clean person is only Jesus shining through me, but I never want to lose that peculiarity. I want to be different from the world. I want to be "strange". Yes the world may call me that, but those who are looking for Christ will see Him in me.
What about you? Do you fit in with the rest of the crowd or are you different, peculiar?