Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life]—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.1 John 2:15-17
I recently received an invite to join a Facebook group of my former classmates celebrating our fifteen year high school reunion. Looking back at all the names and faces brought back so many memories, and just like everyone else, I also remember struggling to fit in with the people around.
As teens, we tried so hard to make everyone like us. Looking back at it now, I wish I would have spent less energy dwelling on what my fellow classmate thought of me and more time on what was really important. We are not called to blend in with the crowd but to stand out by walking in obedience to God. That may not always be the easy thing (it rarely is), and it will not be popular. We should be different, and being the right kind of different is good thing. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be counter-cultural to the glory of God.
For this page, I started creating a background using acrylic paint. I used four colors of Handmade Modern paint from Target, white, Tulip, Robin’s Egg, and Forget-Me-Not. I added more details with stencils and Creative Retreat inks, Powder Puff Blue, Waterfall, and Bonsai Green. I used Creative Retreats alpha stamp Atticus to stamp in my title. I used stamps from the kit and stickers to finish off the page.