If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”  

Ex 33:15-16

This verse is part of a conversation that Moses was having with God. In essence he was saying to God that He did not want to do anything unless God was in it. Unless Moses and the people were doing everything with God's presence leading them & surrounding them then he did not want to do anything. Why? What would set them apart from every other person in the world would be that it was clear that God was with them - it made them distinct.

You do not have to live your life the same way that everyone else does. Your family does not need to look like everyone else's. You do not need to be afraid of sickness, lack or the future the way that other people are. You are different & you can live differently! In Jesus you are given the Holy Spirit to bring the presence of God into every minute of your day. You can be led by God in rest & in peace, declaring His grace over every situation that you come across. That is what makes you stand out from others - not your bank balance or education, but living with peace, rest and wholeness no matter what is coming your way.

Thank God today for His presence in your life and expect Him to work in everyone & everything that you meet today.