23 October 2007

Originality

An excellent post by Eric Bryant. He shares about a new series at Mosaic.
Too often we believe the lie: “It’s not my fault.” We may not be able to change what happens to us, but we can choose how we will respond. 2 Peter 1:3-7, reminds us that we have been given everything we need from God for life and godliness and even still we are to “make every effort” to become the people God created us to be... don’t have to succumb to a “victim mentality,” but I can live an original life.
It seems that conformity is more widely accepted than originality. Sometimes an origional life causes friction due to the fact that it is different than what others are being conformed into. I don't think we enjoy or were meant for "assembly-line humanity". Something within us fights against the pressures of legalism; sadly not everyone withstands the pressure to conform.
Somehow we've equated conformity with holiness. Spirituality is more identified with tradition and ritual than it is with a future and a hope. Too often discipleship equals standardization.

Live an original life that God intended for you to live!

4 comments:

Someone said...

You know, I find it pretty ironic that the name of this post is "originality." I have been following your blog for awhile and am hardpressed to find a truly original thought.
I'm just sayin'...

Erik said...

thanks "someone" for trying to be original... go find another blog to stalk.

google said...

Ironically, you were quoting me and I was quoting someone else. Many times we discover originality in the context of community. It is within community that we find what makes us unique!

Eric Bryant said...

Ironically, you were quoting me and I was quoting someone else. Many times we discover originality in the context of community. It is within community that we find what makes us unique!