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Putting On to Fit In 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Putting On to Fit In

Everyone wants to fit in. But might it be better to stand out, than fit in?

At a Glance

Everybody wants to fit in. It used to be that blending in was a matter of wearing the right clothes or driving the right car. But now, it's not just a matter of piecing together the right look, it's about having the right voice. That's right, girls across the country are mimicking the scratchy, valley-girl, vocal tones of pop music princesses and reality TV divas. And researchers say it's already become THE thing to "put on" if you want to sound as though you fit in.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Sacrament of Failure," July 3, 1994, at

What would you do to fit in?

Everyone wants to fit in. But the desire to blend in with the crowd hits a peak in those awkward middle school and high-school years. Do you remember begging your mom or dad for that pair of bell-bottoms, parachute pants or Z Cavaricci jeans, depending on the era you grew up in? The urge to blend in never really goes away. Even as adults, the current styles...

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