I walked down the hall not making a sound. I got jostled and bumped by everyone around me. Backpacks knocked me back and forth as I clutched my books tighter to my chest. I looked down and pushed my earbuds farther in trying not to be noticed by anyone near me, hoping that by some chance I could get to Spanish without getting kicked and bruised. I blinked quickly trying to dispel any sign of tears forming. I walked quicker, keeping my head down moving like a shadow. I eased through the crowd of kids, hardly making a ripple in the crowd. I slipped through the door, the teacher not even seeing me. I set my backpack down and eased into the seat. Three more periods until I could drift through the front doors and retreat to my room at home…

When you drift through life you very rarely make a ripple for God. To make a difference you can stand out and proclaim his Word. Sometimes we get used to living in our shadows and slipping through the crowd sometimes going to church but not hearing what the message is about, but rather, sitting in the back watching the football game. We try to avoid pain that the devil throws at us but because of the pain we can tell that we’re doing something. He wants to destroy our mission for Him and therefore throws cancer, tumors, and death at us trying to knock our feet out from under us.

We can crawl into our shadows and hide or we can stand out for God. In China and north Korea, you can get persecuted for owning a Bible. Doesn’t that seem a little weird? I mean if you say you don’t see Christ as a threat, then why persecute those who follow Him? You persecute those who stand for Him but if they stand big enough for you to see them, then they have already made a ripple for God in those countries. God will show you what He needs for you to do and that is not to hide in the shadows but rather stand for Him.

2 Timothy 2:15—“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” — Show that you did His Word rightfully and that you stood for Him through trouble.

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When we drift through life, hiding in the shadows like we’re invisible, we barely make a ripple for God. Stand out and do your best. Proclaim His word. Present yourself to God as one approved.

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