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Trade Paperback
96 pages
Feb 2004

Devotion: A Raw Truth Journal on Following Jesus

by Mike Yaconelli

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Day One: Aliens

Aliens are foreigners, strangers in a strange land. Aliens don’t speak the native language, don’t follow the customs and traditions, and don’t fit in. Aliens are typically uncomfortable, awkward, and unsure of themselves in their new foreign homes.

Disciples are aliens in this world. Many of thevalues found within our culture are foreign to disciples. Disciplesdon’t naturally fit into a society that’s largely out of touch with God. They’re uncomfortable-looking, and they feel out of place in the everyday world. Disciples of Christ find themselves continu-ally at odds with the culture, because they have different values,different priorities, and a different language. Disciples feel oddand estranged in contemporary culture—and that’s just how they ought to feel.

Life Hint: Fitting in is not always a good thing.

1 Peter 2:9-12 You say “different” like it’s a bad thing?

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Fact for the day: Robert Heinlein wrote the science fiction book STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND in 1961. It’s the story of an alien who comes to earth and can’t fit in, so he establishes a new religion.

Today’s top 10 - Make a list of the top ten things that make you different from everyone else.

Journal Entry: The more I try to be like everyone else the more I build walls around myself. I need to tear down the walls. I need to celebrate who I am. I take today and I will…

Someone Just Like You

Diane (some people called her “Lady Di” because she looked just like the late Princess of Wales) found herself at the center of the conversation. The slumber party had been going strong since last night, and now, at three in the morning, the talk was getting serious. ¶ “Come on, Diane, what do you mean you’ve never looked at a Victoria’s Secret catalog? It’s more than the underwear, which, frankly, I can’t believe you don’t care about. It’s the models. They look so good. I want to know their secret; don’t you?” ¶ “Not really,” Di said. “That’s why I don’t go out with guys right now. I’m too young, too easily influenced by guys. I could easily be obsessed with how I look. And I know this sounds stupid, but my faith really matters to me. Thinking about guys and about my body and my clothes and my makeup all the time doesn’t make a lot of sense when I could be learning more about God.” ¶ “Get real, Di. The only reason you’re saying that is because you already have a body worth dying for and looks to go with it. Every guy in class wants to go out with you. I mean, come on, you want to learn more about God? That’s psycho. What’s wrong with you?” ¶ Diane sat up, not sure if it was anger or hurt feelings that she felt inside. ¶ “Hey, I know, I know. Girls are considered crazy if they don’t sit around drooling over guys and trying to turn them on by wearing tight skirts and miracle bras. Frankly, I don’t like being pretty because it keeps people from trying to get to know me. I think it’s sick to turn on guys just so I can feel good. Besides, I don’t want some horny guy who just likes my body. Call me weird if you want, but I’m totally happy to have no guys in my life right now.” ¶ The conversation ended awkwardly, and Diane eventually fell asleep. Later on that night something woke her up. She would rather not have heard the whispered conversation that was going on. ¶ “...but she doesn’t make sense. She’s full of crap and you know it. Either Diane’s lying or she’s a lesbian.” “I wouldn’t be surprised if she was a lesbian.” “She’s just plain weird. All this talk about God is a bunch of baloney.” ¶ Diane pretended to turn over in her sleep so no one could see her crying.