A Different Way

I begin with a cycle of reflecting on the beauty of God’s promises. As I stand here today, a Father of two and a man that has walked many different ways. I sit in peace knowing that all of our differences are what makes God’s way perfect.

There is no direct path that is the same for each of us. Whether you read this, sitting as a Married couple with the gift of raising your kids together. To the single parent, whether that be for a Mom or Dad that walks that daily path. To all of the blended families and to those who have children that look different and counter culture from the glossy photos portrayed. Your own story is filled with true beauty and God’s love.

All of our homes can be surrounded with songs of Victory. We have all been through difficult walks of life. God sees all of our stories and he will use every one of our journeys for His glory. As I continue to seek God and His plan, the breakthroughs of having individual reflection and true repentance bring me to see the depths of love that can be found for myself, my children and others whom I encounter each day. The daily walk reveals the truth and leads me to utilize those unique abilities, differences and experiences to help others.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLT)

It is a gift from God to be able to serve Him and His will. He promises to help and guide me to be a better father, man and person. Thank you God for helping me through everything and always being there. Parents, we have the opportunity in seeking God’s will for our own life and allowing that radiating light of Jesus to shine toward our kids, our home and the community we walk. Don’t rehearse the pain or the struggle in your mind, rather reflect on God’s love toward you and His path that is being revealed through all of life’s moments that we are given. 

I came across a poem that I had written during my early college years:

Here’s to those who are different
Those who don’t always get A’s,
To those picked last for the team,
Who are always overlooked.

Here’s to those who are different
Those called crazy or dumb,
To the many who don’t fit in,
Who walk another way.

Here’s to those who are different
Those with a mischievous streak,
For as they have grown
Looking back and noticing this

It’s their difference that makes them unique.

The Difference

While reading through the words, they were poignant to reflect on. As many of us see in children, those early childhood days are a struggle and kids face many challenges. However, the depth of that goes into adulthood for us as well. We all are still longing for that genuine love and opportunity to display our own unique talents and gifts.

As children may sometimes be hesitant, we as adults and parents do the same. We often hide our struggles, our choices and our thoughts. The real beauty is in displaying your own gifts and personal journey. Having the opportunity to watch others become empowered and helping someone with your words and story is transforming. That freedom enables others to see how God is working in our own life.

I pray that all who read this will truly come to a place of committing everything to him. What an amazing promise and future it is; when you know that your life, your kids and your way is guided by God. He always loves you. He loves you with all of your differences. 

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