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Monday, January 23, 2012

Coloring Oustide The Lines: David Goatley Tribute

Growing up as a child I remember coloring in coloring books and every so often I would color outside the lines.  To color outside of the lines has always had a negative implication ever since I was a child and this perhaps is true for most of us. Consequently, it is so natural for many of us to accept the boundaries life gives us since coloring outside of lines has always been a bad thing.

Life is full of boundaries that the world has set.  There are social boundaries that suggest we only interact with people we enjoy dealing with.  There are racial boundaries that suggest we only interact with people who look like us.  There are intellectual boundaries that suggest we only interact with people who think the same way we think.  What sub-conscious boundaries exist in your life?

Boundaries promote isolation, elitism, and glorified segregation!  If we are going to fulfill our God-ordained purposes we have to be willing to color outside of the lines.  Jesus did it!  He spoke to women in public in a culture where women were consider property and such an activity was forbidden.  He dined with sinners and touch people who were considered unclean further upsetting the cultural norms of his day.  Jesus redefined the boundaries of his day!

What will you do?  Will you embrace those people no one else wants to deal with?  Will you interact with people of all ethnic orientations?  Will you interact with people you do not consider your intellectual equivalent?  Will you allow society to dictate your actions or will you redefine society? 

Jesus was able to do great things because he was willing to color outside the lines!  Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."  Are you willing to color outside the lines?

Scripture Reference: John 14:12

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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