“One of our most deep-seated fears is that we might be called an “outsider.” This fear has led us down the road to conformity…and has robbed us of originality of thought, individuality of personality, and constructive action.” Billy Graham
People tend to want to confine us to a box. A neat box that they created for us with files about exactly how we should live our lives and if we don’t fall in line its like we are working from a different script than the one handed to us by them. We are somehow breaking the rules.
You might be on a similar journey. You might have taken an unconventional path, the road less traveled. The lonely road. The road where there are no blueprints for you to follow. On this road there are no guarantees, just a blatant trust in the Almighty, that he will lead you where he wants you to go.
Mother Theresa puts it this way” we must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world”.
Some may be baffled by your choices but your desire to walk in purpose is your ultimate guide.
In embracing an unconventional path, I suggest you:
Accept being different
Your difference is what makes you unique. It is what causes you to standout. Be okay with going in a different direction than the crowd. Be okay with walking the path laid out for you, even if few understand it. As long as you know that where you are going aligns with the will of God, then that should give you the confidence to go forward.
Sometimes conflict arise as a result of others concept of you and the vision that is leading you. You are expected to be on a certain journey and any deviation sets off an alarm among fellow travelers.
Some will filter your new journey through the lens of the old you and not necessary through the lens of the you that is seeking to live a life of purpose. When you present them with an alternative perspective a struggle ensues. Be okay with being misunderstood as long as you know you are obeying God’s call.
When you embark on a journey without a clear map or guide from others that have done it before, it will seem difficult. Difficult situations will make it necessary for you to chart your own course. You will have to make a pathway along new tracks.
You will set the precedence for others to follow. You will have to decide how much you are willing to do and of course, when you are fulfilling your purpose you can expect God to guide you.
Trust your connection with God
Hold on tightly to your connection to God. Do what you need to do daily to nourish that connection. Do what it takes to let it blossom and bear fruit because it will sustain you. You want to be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.Psalm 1:3
This connection is your life force, hang on to it for dear life. It is through living a life that is pleasing to him that we embrace our calling and rely on his plan for us.
Seek wise counsel
Find others that may be discerning or are experienced in walking in their purpose. Not every one will be able to guide you, so seek wisely. Do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, be careful of who you listen to, for to some the things of God are foolishness.
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Cor. 2:14
If being different holds the key to you fulfilling your purpose, then it would seem wise to embrace that difference with the hope of fulfilling your purpose. If you are sure of your calling, why let anything stop you from fulfilling it?