Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
My family likes to visit the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, a wonderful place where families can have a great time and learn a lot about marine life. As visitors enter the main building, they first encounter a huge round glass tank filled with fish. The last time my family was there, we saw most of the fish swimming the same way. But one lone fish was swimming the opposite direction. It was odd to see. As we kept watching, we noticed that lone fish was soon joined by another one. Now two fish were swimming the opposite direction. Suddenly, there were three, and then four. All at once, the entire school pivoted and began swimming the opposite direction, following the lead of one solitary fish that was willing to swim against the tide.
Witnessing the school of fish changing direction reminded me of the influence that one person can have on those around him or her. When a person first stands up for what is right, he or she is often alone. Then one or two other people come along to support the original individual. Then a few more come along to offer their support. Eventually enough critical mass is built for significant change to happen in a whole group of people.
We are living in an age in which Christianity is mischaracterized, maligned, mocked, and marginalized. But if we will stand strong for our faith, we can influence many people around us. We must not be afraid to be the lone fish swimming against the stream. God will bring others to help us. In time we can witness a significant difference in our sphere of influence as God works through a growing number of people willing to take a stand for what is right.
Lord, give us the courage to stand for what is right and holy, even if at first we stand alone. Amen.
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