Standing Out, What Makes Me Different

February 8, 2010
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I walk through the doors of my high school as I watch hundreds of kids pass by. Millions of teenagers just like me nationwide attend school as well, so what makes me so special? What am I doing to stand out? I would hope the answer is obvious to those who know me. I smile every time I am recognized as the Christian girl, so innocent and outspoken. It is an accomplishment to know I do not have to tell someone how I stand because my actions are speaking for me. I attend the Bible study at my school, and Church regularly. I stand out from the crowd by saying no to the simplest things. My peers may say im “too innocent” because I choose not to cuss, “try” alcohol, or go too far with a boy. However, I know I am not a saint. I make mistakes, sometimes I make the wrong decisions, I get mad and frustrated and slip a few words I should not have, but that is what makes me human. No one is perfect, that is exactly why I turn to God to save me of my sins.
What makes Christianity different from so many other religions? Christianity is the only religion that teaches you cannot earn your way to heaven. The Bible states, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one can get to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).” Many believe you can get to heaven simply from your good works. Well consider this, the Bible says everyone will face Him after death to be judged (2 Corinthians 5:10), if you were standing before God how would you prove you deserve to be in heaven? Let us say He told you to get into heaven you needed 1,000 points. You might say, “Well I did help my mom clean the kitchen once without her telling me to.” However, keep in mind that God is omniscient, which means He is all knowing. In response He might say, “Alright there’s one, but you also hit your brother the same day.” Really, there is no way that you can end up getting those points because everyone has many more negative thoughts and actions than they do good ones. That is why Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again. God sent Him to give His life to pay the debt of our sins.
There may be those who do not believe in God in general. How do you explain the universe? If you argue with the big bang theory, I ask what made those molecules that collided? The Bible says, “Since what may be known about God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Romans 1:19-20).”
Christianity is more than a religion; it is a relationship with God through prayer, and reading His word, the Bible; it is not a label, it is a lifestyle. For so many who question the meaning of life, it is to glorify God in what we do, to give to Him what he gave to us (life). Earth is only temporary; I do believe there is an afterlife because the Bible tells us so (2 Corinthians 5:10). Everyone will have life after death, the question is where you will spend it, heaven, or hell, there is no in-between. We are on earth now because God has given us a choice to follow Him or not. You cannot force love, so He gives us the option to surrender to Him or surrender to sin, the many temptations we face every day.
The bell rings, marking the end of another day. I walk through the crowd my head held high, my face glowing with joy as if I am the light shining. Heads turn and people ask, “What does that girl have that makes her different? How does she smile, when so many things go wrong?”

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sandra =D said...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm
this is beautiful leanna Praise god for all creations =]
LeannaRose replied...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 12:24 am
thank you :)
ladychristythenoble replied...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm
wow that is really beautiful keep up the good work :D
jesusfreak said...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm
great job!!!!! colossians 3:1-2
LeannaRose replied...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm
thanks i just looked that up, i love that verse tho!
BruceLL said...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm
its good.
im not religious at all but for your age its a greatly written essay.
shows ur beliefs and tells alot about you
LeannaRose replied...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm
thank you so much :) its great to kno that even at a different point of view you still respect my work :)
adristar96 said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm
I really like this article :) its great and it's good to be different :)
LeannaRose replied...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 12:18 am
thank you means a lott :)
adristar96 replied...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Ya I agree with you on everything :)
LeannaRose replied...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm
thanks :)
do you go to church?
DAWNLINA replied...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm
yeah i've read this, and turns out the next day my p.e teacher read it to us. you have a great way with words :)..
i like it.
LeannaRose replied...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 1:11 am
ur pe teacher read it to you! thats awesome n thx
adristar96 replied...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm
not really but I'm catholic :)
LeannaRose replied...
Feb. 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm
oh thats cool :)
hopesmiley replied...
Nov. 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm

This is nicely written. Keep writing for the Lord and this inspires me a bit so well done.



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