Stay the “Same”… or Show Up?

This post is an unedited, 5-minute free write on the word prompt “Same.” It’s part of a “5 Minute Friday Challenge” and you can view the wonderfully diverse results from other bloggers at the bottom of the linked page.

May the contents inspire you to Shine the wonderfully awesome, one-of-a-kind Light you have in you…
———————3, 2, 1… GO——————–

What’s the use of “Same”? If we were all the same life would be a bore.Be the same or Be You-Unique and one of a Kind

I want different. I need different. I don’t want a rainbow full of red bands.. give me full color.

I don’t want people like zombies.. I want diversity. I want to see the world through your eyes. I want to know what makes your heart sing. And I want to be me.

Sometimes we move in circles where we’re expected to fit some mould. I’m sad to say I hit this hardest in some church settings. When I expect or hope for freedom, I get hit with regulations. Same old Same old.

When my spirit wants to fly through the roof, I get hit with structure and time constraints.. and crying little ones.

It’s ok, I know it must be like this now, but I long for the Day when we will all truly be free. When the beautiful diversity God put into us is fully expressed and fully appreciated.

Don’t be the “Same”….be You. You’re the only one *He made like you—if you don’t shine your light, the entire universe will miss the Unique Reflection through you.

Show up.

The rainbow needs all it’s colors.



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*I use He & His as simple pronouns for God, but fully recognize God with male and female “identity” (for lack of a better word), as demonstrated throughout the Bible and most blatantly through humanity. Related post, Transgender God here, or love letter to a Transgender Teen on Spirit Day here.<3

*Photo Credit: J’Existe Image via Marija Zaric on Unsplash


17 Replies to “Stay the “Same”… or Show Up?”

  1. So true! I remember being in an interview and thinking, “This is never going to work. They want a robot and I refuse to conform.” How amazing our world would be if we would all “Show up”! Awesome!

    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement! And thanks for giving me hope to continue to look for and call out this “showing up” around me, not just waiting for it in Heaven. Love to you–and don’t conform!! If God wanted Robots He wouldn’t have put the other tree in the garden!

    1. Thanks for your encouragement and indeed, it can be a special adventure to find out how God made us to be..there is so much “you should be” and “you should do” going around. Meanwhile I find there is something needed in listening to one’s heart…what we are passionate about, what we love to do, what makes our hearts sing…. May God help us just Be! (afterall, He’s the I AM).

  2. “I don’t need a rainbow full of red bands – give me color” – love that! You said so much in such a short amount of words today! Yeah, we tend to box it up neatly in church, I agree. We need to be full-on, all-out sold out for God and accepting and loving. I see this happening in my son’s church plant in Knoxville and I want that for my little church in WV.
    Are you from THE Holland, or Holland MI? I’m so curious now!

    1. Thanks so much for this feedback! I agree–Full on! (and for some that might be a softer “shade” and for some that may be a blazing color, but it all paints a beautiful picture when it’s all working together (indeed, a toenail, nostril hair and elbow are all part of the Same Body!). Love to you from Holland/The Netherlands!

  3. “You are the only one He made like you—if you don’t shine your light, the entire universe will miss His Unique Reflection through you.” Yes– thank you for this reminder!

    Well said! 🙂

  4. Jasmine, it took me a few days, but I’m so glad I stopped by. I’m with you—I love to see the differences God has crafted within each of us. The full-color spectrum of His glory, reflected in the hearts and souls of His creation. May we each be comfortable enough to live within the framework He’s created for our lives, rather than try to fit into the molds others are living. 🙂

    Great post this week.

    And thanks so much for stopping by my blog. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing! …and I love “full-color spectrum of His glory” woo hoo, for this rainbow loving girl, that just was like a kiss on my heart. Blessings to you, “see” you again somewhere,

  5. Jasmine,
    Thanks for your very thoughtful comment on my blog and for sharing those inspiring quotes…Your words resonated with me: “I long for the Day when we will all truly be free. When the beautiful diversity that God put into us is fully expressed and fully appreciated.” Yes…one day…each day learning to walk more and more in freedom 🙂 Delighted to “meet” you.

  6. Hi Jasmine – I want a rainbow full of colors too! I love your post and your thoughts on “same.” I have always wanted to do the 5-minute Friday prompts, and I have always been so busy Thursday nights and just kept pushing it off….. I have printed out the whole October list they posted and am hoping to do some. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog over the weekend and commenting… Blessings

    1. Hey Debbie, thanks so much for visiting and your encouragement–means a lot to me!
      And regarding time and the “5 minute Friday,” I found the prompt and wrote simultaneously Friday night– the linkup may also stay active some days after. It was so fun, refreshing and liberating to write so freely–first thing that comes to mind–like casting a line into the water. I look forward to seeing what the prompt will be this week!
      p.s. I wrote a post, “God’s Glass Elevator” which you may be interested in as it concerns elements of “daring to hear”
      Thanks again for stopping by! Love and blessings from Holland, Jasmine

  7. Hi Jasmine!
    Thanks you so much for your thoughtful reply on my 5minfri post.
    I have been scrolling though your posts on my phone this and they are so soothing to my raw heart.
    Praying blessings on you and your family today.

    1. Dearest Leah,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and so, so much for the encouragement–especially to share that your heart was touched even just from scrolling through. I don’t always see clicks so then I think people are not reading the posts, but if I know readers can still be blessed from scrolling, I am overjoyed–truly I cannot box the way God operates. Love and blessings to you.
      Jasmine (and please feel free to email me directly if you like).

  8. Thank you for the encouragement to be who God made us to be, Jasmine. I, too, “long for the Day when we will all truly be free. When the beautiful diversity that God put into us is fully expressed and fully appreciated.”

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement–and I love your last name! Ps–I was thinking about the “fully appreciated” part and it occurred to me that it will be our Father Himself, appreciating…just like when my husband and I enjoy watching our kids dance after dinner. They are free, there are no rules or must-do’s, they are simply having fun and we Enjoy.
      With love,

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