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Snowflakes and Following Jesus

I’ve been thinking a good bit about snowflakes recently.

Perhaps its because it’s winter, and in the deep south even the slightest mention of wintry precipitation causes the pulse to quicken and a run to occur on essentials at the grocery.

So rare is a bona fide snowfall in our part of the world that some pile the kids in the car and head to the mountains of North Georgia, Tennessee, or North Carolina for an afternoon of frolicking in the white stuff when snow is forecast within a few hours drive.

But my snowflake thoughts have not actually been about the literal, feathery ice crystals that typically display a six-fold symmetry and that have fluttered earthward from heavy, gray clouds for as long as there has been winter.

Instead, I’ve been pondering the slang, pejorative use of the term “snowflake.”

A “snowflake,” in contemporary parlance, is a person who “has an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or are overly-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions” (Wikipedia).

“Snowflakes,” in this sense of the word, are people who are fragile, less resilient, and more likely to crumble under pressure or melt away when the heat is turned up.  Like a snowfall in the south, “snowflakes” are often here today, but gone tomorrow.

Against the backdrop of my musings about such “snowflakes,” I have continued to read the Scripture every day with an eye out for what it means to be a faithful, fully-devoted follower of Jesus.

Faithful disciples don’t expect the journey to be all roses, and no thorns.  Every genuine disciple should anticipate sharing “in suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3, ESV).

And even when times are toughest, we should plan to persevere with confidence and joy. Why? Because our situation is not unique (1 Peter 4:12), and God uses our trials to mature us (James 1:2-4), to purify us (1 Peter 1:6-7), and to develop Christ-like character in us (Romans 5:3-5).  We should actually rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer for Jesus’ name (cf. Matthew 5:10-12; Acts 5:41).

The Bible makes clear that our lives as followers of Jesus should be characterized by endurance, steadfastness, constancy, courage, fortitude, grit, persistence, stamina, strength, tenacity, moxie, pluck, spunk, starch, resilience, boldness, resolve, . . . .you get the idea.

We should not be easily angered, easily offended, whiners, complainers, grumblers, gripers, or pouters.  We should not embrace a disempowering victimology, but we should see ourselves as “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, ESV).

The bottom line:  don’t be a “snowflake;” but do be a fully-devoted, Spirit-empowered, Scripture-sculpted follower of Jesus.

And if the weather turns wintry, enjoy the snow . . . it won’t last long!

Your Pastor and Friend,

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