“Then a herald shouted out, “People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command! When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Daniel 3:4-6 (NLT)
I knew I needed to stop talking about him, but as a new bride, I just couldn’t. Fresh and new, I could often be found talking about my amazing husband!
In my work environment though, I quickly realized being happy while being married wasn’t all that popular. The positive comments I made about my husband stood out from the daily hubby bashing of my peers. So it didn’t take me long to find my own complaints about marriage to add to the conversations.
I worked to find something negative about Greg to throw in the fire. But though my words fit in well with my peers, my negative comments hurt my heart. I knew better. It wasn’t a matter of simply letting something slip; I was choosing to be someone I was not.
When we hear the word “peer pressure”, we often think of just teenagers. But pressure to conform doesn’t go away once we leave our school days. It isn’t limited to just one age, people or status group. In one form or another, every culture is influenced by pressure to belong.
In our key verse today, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had set up an image which he commanded people of all races and nations and languages to bow down to. All people, of all types, were subject to his pressure to conform.
We, too, are daily under pressure.
To conform by bad mouthing about our spouses. To keep our clothes, cars or condos up to date. To meet society’s demands about body image. Daily we can be pushed to “bow down” to the gods of bellyaching, buying, and beauty.
My early marriage days are long gone, but I still experience the pressure of society’s standards.
But I’ve decided: I don’t want to do it any more.
I don’t want to fit in if fitting in means I go against God’s best for His glory and my good.
Like the three brave young men who stood up to the king in Daniel 3, we can be brave. We can reach out to our Jesus for the strength, courage and determination to not “bow down” to culture’s definition of behavior. Boldly, we can choose to be women who exude the traits of Jesus – the fruit of the Spirit. And in turn, we can teach our daughters to be bold too!
When we display love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control we become different.
And it’s a different that is gorgeous and godly.
Jesus, it is all too easy for me to just go along each day with what society calls “normal”. Yet You call me to stand up and stand out for You. Help me today to choose to be different; choose to allow Your life to flow through mine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (NLT)
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