As I was searching through my bible last night for a verse to share today, this verse jumped out at me. I have always worried about what others thought of me. I try to live a life pleasing to God, but sometimes I become consumed by what others think of me. I allow it to cripple my service to God. I allow others opinions (especially those whom I care about) to dictate the path my life takes. The opinions of others often keeps me from doing things I know I should be doing. I KNOW I shouldn't worry about it and just follow God's path for my life, but it is HARD.
I think there is a fine line here. I think we should live our life pleasing to God . . . and not pleasing to men. But, I see others falling off on the opposite extreme. They don't care what any one thinks of them. So much so, that they aren't willing to take constructive criticism. If someone confronts them with a problem area they won't even listen. I think this point of view is just as destructive as mine.
I think we need to have a little balance. My focus needs to be on God, and God alone. I need to do what he wants of me, and not care what those around me think. But, I also need to realize that God uses my brothers and sisters in Christ to spur me on, teach me, and help me change into the woman God has called me to be.
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