Buck the Crowd

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Ava Penningtonby Ava Pennington

We’ve all heard the advice:
Don’t buck the crowd.
Go along to get along.
Don’t rock the boat.

When I’m with a group of people, often the last thing I want to do is buck the crowd.

Children are especially vulnerable to this feeling. As a child, I was the “goody-two-shoes.” The one who always said please and thank you.  The one of whom my friends’ parents would say, “You can go to the party, but only if Ava goes with you.”

No kid wants that kind of reputation—to be the one who made everyone else look bad by comparison. Kids want to fit in, not stand out.

I wonder if that’s what the ten lepers were thinking. Remember the account in Luke 17? Ten lepers were healed by Jesus. In their joy at being healed, off they went, seemingly forgetting their Healer. But even if it weren’t a case of faulty recollections, I wonder if each of the ten was simply reluctant to break from the group.

Yet one man did buck the crowd. The most unlikely of the ten—a Samaritan—one whom the Jews considered to be a pagan. This pagan returned to give thanks.

Daily Reflections on the Names of GodThat pagan man convicts me today. Like the other nine healed from leprosy, I am associated with the community of believers. I have a relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ, His Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Sadly though, also like those nine, I often ask God for things without going back to say thank you for answered prayer.

I don’t want to be like the nine. I want to be like the one. So as part of my prayer time, I’ve added a new list. As God provides and blesses, I move the request to a gratitude page. My goal is to thank God daily for as long as—or longer than—I was petitioning Him for that request.

It’s time to leave the nine and join the one. Let’s buck the crowd…and give thanks.

Ava Pennington’s latest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precept Ministries. Ava has also written numerous magazine articles and is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers (AWSA) and a board member of the Christian Authors Network (CAN). When she’s not writing, Ava teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. She is a passionate speaker who engages audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations. Visit her at www.AvaWrites.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Purchase Daily Reflections on the Names of God at your favorite Christian bookstore or at the MTL bookstore.

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