But Everyone Else is Doing It!

I started doing yoga in college.  It helped my flexibility and it truly relaxed me.  I even participated in a yoga class twice a week until recently when I was told that I could not do it anymore.  This all started when I gave my students a group project.  As a history teacher I must follow the curriculum for World Studies which includes teaching about the world’s five major religions.  Needless to say, I dread this unit for obvious reasons.  This year I assigned each group of students one of the religions and the students had to create a poster and present information on their assigned religion to me and the rest of the class.

During the presentation on Hinduism, one of the students stated that yoga is a Hindu religious practice. I said “WHAT?! That’s not true!  Where did you get that from?!”  As I picked up my red pen ready to slash points from their grade for presenting inaccurate information, the students showed me their research which was from a reliable source and went on to explain the origins of yoga.  I apologized to the students and put my red pen down but that messed me up for the rest of the day.

Even after seeing their research, I was still not convinced so I did my own and came up with the same thing.  Since the kids’ presentation, I heard the Spirit saying, “It’s true, you must stop doing yoga!”  To be totally honest I ignored the Spirit and even went to my yoga class, BUT GOD!  My spirit would not sit still, I could not get comfortable in class, and every time the instructor called out a pose my spirit screamed, “NO!!”  It got to the point where I just left!  I got in my car and asked God why.  “Why can’t I do yoga?  Lord, you know that I don’t do it for religious reasons; I’m sold out for you!  Other Christians are doing it and its fine for them, why can’t I do it?  EVERYBODY ELSE is doing it!”

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

YOU cannot do what everyone else does!

“But God, it’s just stretching, and I’m not doing it with the heart of someone who follows Hinduism, I follow you.”

“Abstain (avoid, run from) all APPEARANCE of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

I had to stop questioning and fighting and submit.  What we must understand is that God, “…knows the plans he has for us…” (Jeremiah 29:11a)  God wants each and every one of us to reach our fullest potential in Him.  In order to do that we must be SET APART!  We cannot do what everyone else does, EVEN fellow Christians.  We must submit to God’s will so that He can use us to build the kingdom of God to the point where when we talk about living for God, we’ll be able to proudly proclaim, “EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for setting us apart.  Thank You for the favor You have on our lives.  Thank You for loving us so much that You don’t allow us to be comfortable outside of Your will.  Please forgive us for the times that we ignored You and did our own thing in order to be a part of the crowd.  We ask that You strengthen our spirit of conviction like never before.  We desire to be completely sold out for You.  We Love you and appreciate everything you are in our lives!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to pray and seek God for the areas in which He wants to set you apart.  Understand that I’m not talking about sin.  These things are not usually sin but can and WILL hinder you from reaching your destiny and can and WILL hurt your witness for God.  “Everything is permissible—but not everything is beneficial, everything is permissible but not everything is constructive…” (1st Corinthians 10:23 NIV) In other words, just because it is not necessarily sin does NOT mean that we should be doing it.

Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

7 thoughts on “But Everyone Else is Doing It!”

  1. I like this post because it shares how you have to stand firm on your convictions. When you know better you do better. I have friends that abstain from various things due to their convictions by the Holy Spirit, while others are not led to do the same. I think we have to really get serious about what God wants for us, like my daughter says, “Obedience gets ya blessings.” And that’s true. I pray God continues to bless you throughout your obedience to what his spirit is implanting on your heart.

    Well written!

  2. Great post Katrina! I have been in this position oh so many times but God’s answer remains the same… You are not like everyone else! Be Blessed lady!!

  3. Katrina, I too have been in this situation of conviction. First let me state that I am not a drinker but occassionally I have a glass of wine with dinner when dining out. However, I wanted to get into this red wine thing. Everyone is doing it right…you know for the heart and all… I really did not think that buying a bottle of wine and putting it in the fridge was a big deal. A glass of wine after a hard days work by the fireplace. I had the image already stored in my mind. SO, got the wine and not long after dreamed I had a glass of wine in my hand and for no reason at all, it shattered. Enough said. Needless to say there is no longer a bottle of wine in the fridge. Thanks for your message.

  4. KATRINA!!!! I LoooooVE your posts! I just got into a disagreement about this,my baby wanted to go trick-or-treating ,and I did not compromise.(She has not been since I got saved 7years ago and none of my kids will celebrate Halloween).What many are ignorant to is(and I once was apart of the many) that everything in the natural is controlled by something in the spiritual.There are principalities,powers,and other things out here that we have to watch for.We get caught up on the natural,but the spiritual is equally as important(if not more).For instance,reality TV. I have a couple of family members who are saved,but they like the shows.I’m like ok guys is there anything or one gloryfying God in those things? Do you get edified after watching them? If Jesus was sitting by the remote would you turn and tell him to change to the show?(UHHHHMMM… GOT’EM). The word tells us to discern the Spirirt behind EVERYTHING(this even includes things that appear spiritual such as church events and etc.) and anything that even have the appearance of evil STAY away from it! The man you feed the most will always win( flesh man vs spirit man) and in these last days we don’t have to give NO ROOM to satan because the hard times are coming on there own so this was something that the body needed and as always coninue EM;)

  5. My dad has told me about yoga being tied to things that were not of God and it took me a long time to really not even want to do it any more. I was confused about it just like you. It seemed SO unfair that I couldn’t do something that I enjoyed so much, but the truth is if you’re not glorifying God..your glorifying the enemy and that’s not something I want to do.

  6. Katrina,
    I was always looking to fit in a Yoga class into my crazy schedule because I was looking for something that would work me out but not put a tremendous stress on my joints and for “some reason”, I just could NOT get around to scheduling that Yoga class that I so wanted to. I even had a lady on my Facebook page that kept popping up because she’s in my immediate area and I kept saying…soon, soon…and then I read your awesome post and it became CRYSTAL CLEAR as to why I just never got around to scheduling that class that I thought I wanted so, so much. Talk about the Holy Spirit surrounding us and making things perfect for us when we don’t even know it. Loved, loved, loved your post!!!!! God bless you always my Sister!!!!

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