DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
Dr.Rick E. Ferguson
What is it that makes great men great? One of
the characteristics of great men who have made mighty
impacts on history is their refusal to be molded and
shaped by the world around them. Great men are great
because they dare to be different. They
stand for their convictions,
champion the cause of justice,
I speak out for what is right,
refuse to be intimidated or silenced--even if it costs
great personal sacrifice to do so.
Let me tell you what the kingdom of God needs
today: God needs men and women who would dare to be
different--men, women and teenagers who have courage
and convictions and refuse to compromise, conform or
My challenge to you this day is for you to dare
to be different. I want to introduce you to a godly
teenager, in Genesis 37, who dared to be different.
He was a kid with convictions and courage. He stood
for what was right and godly, even when it cost him
dearly to do so. His name was Joseph. The rest of
the book of Genesis is devoted to telling his life
story. He was a man used mightily of God. The reason
God used Joseph was because Joseph dared to be
Most men live lives of mediocrity; few make any
real or lasting impact on the course of human history.
However, there are some (though they be in the
minority) who are so courageous and live lives of such
conviction that they literally turn the tides of
history. Think about men like Martin Luther King,
Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and
others who (in the last 100 years) have changed all of
human society because they dared to be different.
Ex. William Jennings Bryan once wrote: "Never be afraid to
stand with the minority which is right, for the minority
which is right will one day be the majority. Always be
afraid to stand with the majority which is wrong, for the
majority which is wrong will one day be the minority."
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