Monday, May 24, 2010

Are We All Just Like Sheep?

Being online a lot adds a whole new dimension to “people watching” for me. It is fascinating how I can observe trends going on in the human life. I hear one person say something, then another, and another and it seems to spread like wildfire. Not just rumors – but attitudes and actions.

I get this feeling that we are raising kids to desire to be “one of the pack.” To fit in and belong is what they want. What happened to raising kids to be people who have an independent thought and mind? What happened to individuality or being unique? I’m sure it’s out there, but it doesn’t seem to be very predominant.

Even as adults, I see a common feeling or desire to belong. Of course, we all want to belong. We all want to be loved and feel valued and worthwhile. But I think we’re missing something. We all have certain personalities and characteristics that are God-given. Some of us love to be outdoors while others are more quiet-time indoor kind of people. Some of us love to be on the move while others putter along through life. Neither is wrong. I think they are both God-given. So when a “trend” comes along that I see everyone start to participate in, I just have to question and wonder – “why?” What’s the real purpose behind this. Is it honestly that 100 people or so in my social circle HONESTLY all have the same interest? Or is there a hidden factor in there somewhere that people are jumping on board something in the quest to feel accepted and like they fit in?

God says “we are all like sheep who have gone astray.” I’ve always tried to fight that mentality. I’ve never wanted to be simply like a blind sheep that follows everyone else around not knowing why or where I’m headed. I don’t want to go somewhere or do something simply because everyone else is. Maybe that’s why I don’t fit in sometimes. But I have to tell you, that I do have an independent mind and streak. I like that about myself. I like that I don’t just jump on board something without my own personal desire to accomplish or get involved in it. I like that I can ponder and think things through to see if something is really a benefit in my life or really meant for me, my schedule, my demands, and my personality.

There are so many good endeavors and causes in life. But God says, “Just because it’s permissible doesn’t mean it’s beneficial.” Even if something isn’t bad, that still doesn’t mean God intends it for you. Everything takes time and we need to evaluate if our time is God-blessed or not. Otherwise, we are all simply just like sheep.

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