When we step out of line

Earlier this month, actress Alex Borstein won an Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a comedy series (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). In her acceptance speech, she told the story of her grandmother’s bravery during the Holocaust.

She said that as her grandmother was in line to be shot into a pit, she turned to a guard and asked “What happens if I step out of line?”. The guard said “I don’t have the heart to shoot you, but somebody will.”. She stepped out of line, and because she did, Alex and her children are here today.

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I see a steady stream of young people come into my life, seeking support as they navigate the challenging consequences of their choices. Most of them are dealing with peer pressure that drives them to want to be just like everybody else. They don’t always like the cause and effect of their actions, but there’s a comforting familiarity in being part of the crowd.

My job is to support them and to respect their freedom of choice while injecting a healthy dose of truth and realism, and the truth is that the crowd is not always headed somewhere you really want to go. 

The way things are does not have to be the way things will always be. If you come from a long line of dysfunctional relationships, you can make the choice to connect with people and programs who can teach you healthy boundaries and interpersonal skills so that you will be able to build stronger relationships.

If you are caught up in a culture where drug and alcohol use chronically and negatively affects your finances, emotions, and physical health, you can choose to ask for support to build a healthier life for yourself.

If you find yourself wondering if there’s more to life than what you see, and if you find yourself drawn to the God that everyone in your life rejects, you can make the choice to follow that inner voice and see where it leads. 

Just because everyone else is headed in one direction doesn’t mean that you can’t take another direction. Step out of line. Your life and future may very well depend on it.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13

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