According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary on-line, eccentric refers to "deviating from an established or usual pattern or style," as well as, "deviating from conventional or accepted usage or conduct especially in odd or whimsical ways." Although most would consider me a moderate conservative due to my values and views, I am an eccentric when it comes to my artwork, style and faith.
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Just like Noah, I let the Lord guide my work - artwork to be exact. (Think about it, Noah's contemporaries probably thought he was an eccentric when he was working on the ark for the "flood" to come.) The Lord's guidance may come to me through a piece of scripture or virtuous quote; a nature walk or time spent with loved ones; or simply through a serendipitous moment. If I just let go and believe, God will lead me to produce work that is pleasing to Him.
As to my style, I take my lead from John the Baptist, who was known for wearing clothes "made of camel's hair, and... a leather belt around his waist." A very eccentric outfit for his time. I'm not that wild, but people never know what to expect from me. I have a variety of shoes from Sperry Top-siders, to Doc Marten boots, to ostrich cowboy boots; a collection of hats that includes caps, fedoras and more; and love polos, Hawaiian shirts, and bow ties.
Last, but not least, I relate to the Disciple Peter when it comes to my faith. Just like him trying to be different from the other disciples by walking on water towards Jesus, I've taken eccentric leaps of faith. These leaps led me to marry my wife, be a successful educator, as well as grow in my knowledge and love of the Lord. (Unfortunately, just like Peter, I have sometimes found myself denying Him through my thoughts, words and actions.)
Therefore, I don't think being eccentric is a bad thing. As composer Franz Schubert once said, "There are two contrary impulses which govern this man's brain - the one sane, and the other eccentric. They alternate at regular intervals." That's me! Anyway, have a blessed week.
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