Boynton Beach, Florida, where I live, is called “gateway to the Gulf Stream”. This mysterious current is in the ocean yet not part of it, even defying the mighty North Atlantic Ocean current, defeating its tides. It is mysteriously steady as it flows its course. It contains about 100 times as much water as the combined volume of all the rivers in the world according to the Visual Encyclopedia. It defies explanation. It’s truly “different”. Its color is different – a deeper blue. Its temperature is different – warmer. Its direction is different – from south to northwest. As far away from Boynton Beach as icy Greenland in the Arctic Circle, the Gulf Stream helps keep the sea free of ice, enabling the fishing industry along the coast to carry on.

Christians are like the Gulf Stream. We’re in the world’s current, yet we retain our distinctive flow of faith. We go against the tides of popular opinion many times. Our temperature is different – we’re passionate for God and warm toward people with the “love of the Lord”. Because we go deeper with Christ, our depth creates a distinguishing world view that colors our lifestyle. Our most distinctive feature is our dynamic direction. We’re moving forward, onward and upward in faith with Christ, in contrast to the world, the flesh and the devil around us. Our influence lies in our being “different” – which is probably the best synonym for holy. God tells us to live a holy life. It’s a good thing to check our current life – preventing the worldly flow from flooding our soul.

Like the mysteryious Gulf Stream, our power to be different comes from God.Here’s how the Apostle Paul put it: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus…Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Philippians 1:6; Romans 12:2) .”

Grace and Peace in His name, Chuck

P.S.: I have a “peace plan” pamphlet if you’d like one. Let me hear from you.