It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.
What this means to me:
It can be a real disabling trap if I let what others think about me keep me from doing what God tells me I should do. It takes courage to move out on what I believe so I shouldn’t be a coward. God’s word tells me that If I put my trust and confidence in him, then his direction will bring me safety and I won’t miss out on his best for me. It’s difficult to take a stand for his truth if I’m overly concerned with what people think about me. If I worry about such things then I actually allow them to control me. So I need to be careful to not cave in to criticism. My focus should be on doing what’s right and not what others think I should do. As I move forward I need to remember that:
- I can’t please everyone
- It really isn’t necessary to please everyone (joy/happiness in life comes from God, not others)
- c. Rejection will not ruin my life (it may hurt, not be fun and can be extremely uncomfortable, but it can ruin my life unless I allow it to.)