Dictionary.com defines “outrageous” as such:
Outrageous: highly unusual or unconventional; extravagant; remarkable
After years of trying to “fit in,” be “politically correct,” and thus being shy and afraid to be myself, I finally gave up. I realized that I didn’t want to be normal. (how boring is that?) This realization was freeing in two ways.
FIRST, I found that God does not call me to be normal, to fit in, or to blend in with the world.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (ESV)
Not only that, but God calls me to be different! I am a new creation since I put my trust in the Lord.
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (ESV)
God created me to be unique, special, and different. He knew from the beginning what I would look like, what my personality would be like, who I would become, and what my passions and gifts would be.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (ESV)
SECOND, I discovered how this newfound knowledge impacted my life.
God made me who I am for a reason. I know I have flaws, and I know I am a sinful creature, but I should not be afraid to fully embrace my personality and passions. God made me REMARKABLE. There is no reason to cower at myself.
So many young teens struggle with this. They don’t know who they are, and if they catch a glimpse, they are afraid to embrace it. I was imprisoned by this for years, imprisoned by fictitious expectations and unrealistic images of who I should be.
I have been set free, unafraid to be who I am: a child of the King, a reborn daughter of Christ, and an outrageous teenager ecstatic to be courageous for my Savior.
I hope that each of you know how important and special you are. Christ died for you, he loves you, and he made you to be who you are.
Psalm 139:1-24 says,
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!”
God has made you extravagant. God has made you remarkable. Surely that is testimony of his love for you. No matter how much you mess up, God will still love you in a great and indescribable way.