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Everyday people make a difference in this world. Remember all those posts about the Abercrombie & Fitch fiasco? Remember Ellen Degeneres‘ monologue  about it? Well, here’s some information about a teen making a difference. By STANDING up for something she believes in:

Abercrombie & Fitch Meets with Teen Activists and National Groups to Address Concerns | National Eating Disorders Association.

What do you believe in? What do you want to say something about? What do you want to support or discourage? Today I had a chat with a guy who is quite honestly sleeping around A LOT and not valuing the women he is with in the process. I called him out in the conversation we were having and asked: Where is the integrity? Do I think he is a bad guy? No. Do I think he’s making bad decisions? Yes. Where do bad decisions lead us? Any guesses? We all make bad decisions some times; it comes with being imperfect. I’ve made horrible ones before, and I am sure I will in the future – but we should seek to do good. We are called to spread light, live in light and STAND up and make a difference. Reading about how teens are affecting change in the United States by standing up for what is good what is right what is important (even when it’s hard and uncomfortable) is so encouraging. They brought light into a dark place today. That is what Where I Stand is all about.

Today in my bible study we read Romans 5:1-5:

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus ChristThrough him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5, ESV)

And, we spent a long time talking about what defines struggling and what defines perseverance. But one thing that one of the Father Joe, from our church said was as Christians, we have the hope that gives us the ability and the willingness to persevere  through struggles. That means making the hard, but right decision that honors God, other people and our character. It’s not easy standing up for what is beautiful, what is right, what is good. It’s actually really hard. But when we do God is glorified and beauty is seen in things like movement towards healthier societal body image through clothing changes at Abercrombie & Fitch.

You may be thinking this is a stretch. But this is how change happens. Isn’t it beautiful?