Stop caring. Be strong and courageous.

Have you ever been paralyzed by how you might make someone feel if you do something that you know is the right thing to do? I used to get that way all the time, and I still do. I’ve decided, though, that that is no way to live. In fact, I’d say it is the biggest hinderance of a lot of my actions in life. It reeks of my needy behavior. The need to be validated and accepted by others. That need is in the way of my relationship with God and a healthier relationship with those involved. Ultimately, I am hurting someone I’m not being honest, and straight forward with.

I want to live my life in such a way that shows “I care much more about my relationship with God than I do about being accepted by the world.” Yes, I will fail, and yes, I will fall back to my old ways sometimes, but that won’t stop me. There is one Bible verse that has always held value in my heart.

1 Timothy 4:12 - Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

What that says to me is that I can be strong and courageous in my actions because I am no longer bound by my dependence on the acceptance of others, but the acceptance of the Lord. He is the one who defines me. He is the one that gives me the value I have been looking for in all the wrong places.

I hope this speaks to some of you the way God has been speaking this to me these last couple weeks. Your value is not measured in acceptance, but in your strength in your relationship with Christ. If you doubt this, then please go to the only one who can give you assurance, God.

As always, stay sharp!