12/21 Poem: Dividual


A fruitful individuality
Transforms both my self and community

I cannot just go with the flow
I must learn the power of “No!”

Yet contrary words won’t suffice
I must learn to judge myself twice

For whether it’s crowds that I please
Or conformance that makes me sneeze

If my choices react to you
I’ll never to my God be true

I must find a different place
Where response is seasoned with grace

As I see you with heaven’s eyes
I’m freed to seek out a new prize

No longer must I you avoid
Or submit to love that is cloyed

Rather I don’t need to hide
What Jesus has birthed deep inside

A love sacrificial and true
That remakes both you and me, new

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