Days ago, on Rest in Hope, I posted “Grain Resisters.” It got lengthier than I’d anticipated so I decided to do a Part Two.

Huge admiration extends to honorable folks who make choices to reasonably challenge the status quo. People who aren’t necessarily whistleblowers, but are considered misfits by “popular vote members.” Jesus readily comes to mind. Throughout the gospels, descriptions abound about the nonconformist character of loving and compassionate Jesus. Definitely, he was unapologetically a grain resister who consistently grated on the nerves of the self-righteous folks and others who weren’t enlightened to the message that Jesus taught and lived. Yes, Jesus was largely dismissed, misunderstood and opposed yet he never relaxed his mission even in the face of and subsequent “death.”

John the Baptist, too, was a nonconformist. His convictions, actions, demeanor, attire and diet were noted. Definitely, John went against the grain — AND he confronted the king about his indecent relationship with Herodias, his brother’s wife. John lost his head, literally, for his solidly nonconformist posture.

In the book of Judges, Gideon did his valiant nonconformist actions as guided by God. To an extent, Gideon acted in fear but he rose above his fears to do what was instructed by the Most High. Triumphant victory was the result of his unpopular movements.

Of course, we have folks who are rebels without reasonable causes. People who elect to wreak havoc for misguided and disorderly purposes. Such is reality. But their actions certainly don’t dim the lights of the folks who help to alter occurrences and subsequently make things better for us. Light surely outshines darkness, regardless. What a super relief to have that awareness.

Gratitude swells within for people who risk and sacrifice for noble purposes. Their missions certainly achieve goals that have proven to be, and can potentially be, universally worthwhile. Salutes to those numerous kindred people of love, valor, and sacrifice.

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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