Here I Stand

People disappoint you, even people you love.  In ignorance, they make decisions that are misinformed by deceivers and manipulators around them.  They go with the crowd mindlessly succumbing to group think.  Thinking for themselves becomes a difficult endeavor.

Clearly, it is foolish to put your hope in fallible human beings (at least it seems clear to me!).   Yet, people do it all the time.  Why do people put so much stock in others particularly what those others say and what they think?  People long to belong desiring relationships with others.  Loneliness is common when you stand up for what you believe in because you might face rejection and ridicule.  People you once thought were your friends might turn their backs on you.  Consequently, people play the game.  They let a little part of themselves die so that they can live in relationship with others.  Every time they let that little part of themselves go, it gets easier.

Standing up for what you believe in is hard.  However, at least for me, letting a little part of myself die seems even harder.  God has impressed certain values and beliefs onto my heart so much so that they have become an inseparable part of me.  As I grow older, I have come to understand that I was created to go against the grain.  So I continue to stand, even if I stand alone.

“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”

Martin Luther

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