Courage to Be Different

Courage to Be Different


Psalm 56:4 (NIV)

In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

The fear of disappointing others or falling short of their expectations can be a powerful force in our lives. We often grapple with the desire to fit in, conform to societal norms, and seek approval from those around us.

Yet as followers of Christ, we are called to a different standard—one that may set us apart from the crowd. This can be a daunting prospect, as it may lead to misunderstandings, criticism, or even rejection.

I’ve personally experienced moments when I felt called to do or say something that went against the grain, and it filled me with anxiety. The fear of how others would react and the potential consequences of standing out weighed heavily on me.

When we trust in the Lord and recognize that His approval is paramount, we are liberated from the fear of conforming to worldly expectations or seeking the validation of others. This assurance empowers us to stand boldly in our faith, live according to our convictions, and embrace the uniqueness of our God-given purpose, even if it sets us apart from the crowd. The courage to be different emerges from our unshakable trust in God, allowing us to navigate the world with confidence and unwavering faith in His guidance.


Recall a time when you had the courage to be different for the sake of your faith or convictions. How did you overcome the fear of others’ judgments?

What role did your trust in God play in that situation, and how did it impact your sense of worth and identity?