When Cody asked me to write a guest post for this site, I drew a blank. I knew I wanted to write something encouraging about finding yourself in God or being true to who you are (the kind of thing I write about on my own blog), but couldn’t seem to come up with a specific idea until I saw a fruit loop on Pinterest.
The quote that caught my eye was,“Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios.” It’s a nice visual image – a bright color standing out from the crowd of sameness. It takes courage to be yourself, and to let people see that you’re different.
As Christians, we have a chance to do this every day. When we take those opportunities to stand out, much of society thinks we’re “fruit loops” (and that’s one of the nicest things they might say). Living our faith boldly makes us stand out like a bright pink circle in a bowl of tan cereal.
In the King James Version, 1 Peter 2:9 describes believers as God’s “peculiar people.” In Early Modern English that word referred to something that belonged exclusively to one person, so it’s calling us the people who belong only to God. The description also works with our more modern definition of “peculiar” as something uncommon, distinctive or strange. For us, that’s a good thing. God didn’t call us out of the world to be common, indistinct or normal. He called us to follow His Son.
Jesus didn’t minister by going with the flow. He stood up for what He knew was right, and that made Him stand out. He preached radical ideas like “love your enemy” and trust God to control your life. He corrected misconceptions about God, even when He was disagreeing with leaders. He reached out to help people that others thought weren’t worth helping. He did the work God gave Him to finish, even though He knew it would get Him killed (John 5:36; 17:4).
When we commit to following Jesus and walking with God, we agree to live in a way that calls attention to our faith. Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). If we’re not shining – not standing out from the crowd – then we’re not pointing toward our Father in heaven.
We need to live our faith in spite of all pressure to conform. We can’t be or think like “everyone else.” So be brave. Be yourself in Jesus, and stand out. Be a light in the darkness, a fruit loop in a bowl of cheerios.