Don’t Blend In!

shutterstock_331483511On a recent television show, the following question was asked of a social “expert” who was guest hosting the show.

“We have just moved into a new community, how can we make a good impression on our neighbors?”

The expert answered, “The most important thing is not to be different. People weird out when they meet people who are different. Blend in.” he said, “Be just like everybody else.”

I almost threw my coffee cup at the television. 

In a world where people are isolated, easily offended, politically correct, uncommitted and fearful, I don’t want to “blend in.” People who “blend in” don’t make good impressions, they make no impression at all.

I want to be different

I want to be…

  • weird
  • curious
  • talkative
  • fun to be around
  • full of surprises
  • adventurous
  • caring
  • steadfast in my beliefs
  • that Christian guy
  • questioning
  • loyal
  • committed

I’ve got the weird part down and I am working to get more intentional about the rest of the list.

What if Abraham Lincoln had blended in?
What if Mother Theresa had blended in?
What if Jesus had blended in?

Every one of us are unique creatures created in the image of God. You don’t have to be like me, but you have to be like you.

My friend McNair Wilson puts it this way, “if you don’t do you, then you doesn’t get done and the world misses out on a unique and important aspect of God’s creation.”

As Uncle Sam puts it, “Be all that you can be.”

Whatever you do don’t “Just blend in.”

What is on your list of the ways you would like to be different? List ’em and live ’em! [reminder]