Today in class a statement was made that I have not been able to shake in my heart:
“Most people have a desire to look for the exception, instead of having the desire to become exceptional.”
I know lately I am finding myself on a path of a ton of change within me and externally as I see the end of another year in my life, work to finish up school in the next few weeks among much more. In the midst of all this change is a deep yearning desire to be a world changer and not in the Christianese hype sense but in the serious legitimate sense.
When I look at people like Isaiah Saldivar (a young evangelist with a healing anointing on his life), Abner Suarez (a strongly prophetic minister) and others; I see the impact they are having for the Kingdom and I can no longer sit back and be content. I can’t sit on the sidelines and do nothing to bring the Kingdom of Heaven into my own sphere of influence. I can’t be content to do nothing and watch. NO! I refuse to watch these exceptions to the norm of Christianity when I am designed to be the exception myself. WE ALL ARE! We are all called to live a life set apart, a cut above, as members of a royal priesthood and a chosen generation we are not to simply be copies of those we admire.
Maybe this is the man in me wanting to lay claim to my corner of the world; to go forth conquering, or birthday nostalgia thinking over another years passing and things I wish I would’ve done differently but I choose to believe it’s deeper than that. I believe at the end of the day we want to leave this world a better place than the way it was when we came into it and that is most certainly me and this is only done by living as the exception to the norm. In looking at the norm of American Christianity I find it empty and leave in a state of depravity then full of the life promised in John 10:10. In the word’s of Pastor Quinton Self: “There’s More!” I desire to be the exception!
Larry Randolph has a quote that shapes and reinforces this idea: “God has created you as a unique expression of Him in the earth…an original voice and not an echo of another.” As I am learning what this means in my life I challenge you to see in what ways can you break out of the box of just following the ones who have found their voice and the call of God for their life to becoming the exception and be the original voice that God has designed you to be! I don’t think we can begin to imagine our world…your home…your job…your church…your friends and just how different everything would be when we learn to live as the exception.