Yesterday I made a social media post that really got me thinking. Funny how that happens: we post a thing and then reflect.
*An oldie but goody because these beautiful people right here taught me so much*♥️
Unless they pay your bills, love your family more than you, are in control of your destiny, have inspired your dreams and ambitions, given you specific gifts and talents (thank YOU, Father!), they don’t have the right to influence you.
Easier said than done, I know! Yes, I really know! Our flesh longs for approval. We tend to want to go with the flow rather than swim upstream.
I’m not talking about becoming abrasive and unwavering in our stance all the time, because who likes a know-it-all?!? I’m also not talking about having the last word or vindicating yourself. Time will tell your story, and God is just.
I’m encouraging you to live out your God-given purposes in confidence! The confidence given you because you are a child of God, because you commune with Him, because you read and meditate on His Word, because you hear His voice and because He equips you for every good work He has called you to!
Most of us, when uncertain or lacking confidence, will seek approval and applause as a sign that we’re moving in the right direction and we can carry on.
A few thoughts:
*The mainstream isn’t always the way.
*Some people don’t want you to win 🤷♀️
-Are they jealous?
-Are they comparing?
-Are they naturally critical/negative?
-Are they afraid of how your moving forward will affect them?
-Are they stuck?
-Are they lost?
*Some people just won’t cheer for you.
*Some people won’t understand.
*Some people have all the answers 😉
*Some people just aren’t your people.
As believers, we must remember that the gate is narrow, which should be our clue that we’ll be swimming upstream, that as we strive to show humanity love and truth, many won’t understand or follow.
BUT that doesn’t diminish the passion or purpose God has given us to do what He’s called us to!
I used to tell our youth group all the time: Know what you believe and why you believe it!
If you know that 👆, stand for it!
Personally, I’m a recovering people pleaser, and there are lots of things I’ve been riding the fence on, for fear of criticism, doubt, being misunderstood, lack of confidence, imperfection…you name it! Everybody has an opinion on my passions:
*Raising a million kids
Upon reflection, I realize I’ve tiptoed around these things. But this is the life God has given me, and I am accountable to HIM.
What has God made you passionate about that you’re holding back?
You don’t need my permission, but I’m encouraging you to GO FOR IT!
He’s given you one amazing life this side of heaven! Nobody gains by your fear, friend.
In the end, MORE OF HIM, less of me!