I remember there was a time when I cared about what other people thought about me.
I remember there was a time that I was so insecure about myself, my abilities and my ideas that I would remain silent about my dreams, out of fear that they might be viewed as ridiculous. I was fearful of criticism because it made me feel less than others.
I remember there was a time when I felt a deep need for people to agree with my views or opinions because not having people on my corner made me feel alone. I realized this year that I still had a deep fear in my heart of feeling left out, alone or unimportant.
I used to feel a strong need to be approved because it made me feel that I was valuable. Approval made me feel that I mattered.
I realized that even while being Christian and having a relationship with God, we can still feel the need to be validated by others. This was my case until 2 months ago.
Conflict and disagreements have to occur in order to help us face the fact that the only approval or validation that we need is God’s. Conflict has to occur in order for us to clearly see our insecurities and the flaws that we have to work on. Struggles are necessary in order to teach us to refocus on God and not on mere men.
Right now, I’m grateful to say that, I’m free. So far this year, I have been freed from caring about what others think, because as long as I please the God I serve, I’m at peace and joyful. The best part is that not caring has become a true part of me and not just a half, spoken truth.
Many things have happened in the past couple of weeks with regards to church.
Church is nothing, but a building filled with imperfect people who are trying to change. A church cannot change anyone, but the word of God and a solid healing process agenda can really help transform lives.
There are far too many people within the church focusing on obtaining titles. There are too many people still focusing on what others think of them in and outside church. There are too many people caring about pleasing men and not God. I know now that this happens when we still do not comprehend and see who we are in Christ. This happens when, deep down inside of us, we continue to deal with identity issues.
I want to share with you one of the biggest realizations that I have encountered thus far this year. I have come to understand that the church cannot be confined to a building and a selective group of people. I’ve realized that not everyone is meant to lead inside the walls of church. Not everyone is called to make an impact inside the church.
Recently I discovered that my passion and my life purpose has all to do with the streets and the world outside the church walls, and that’s okay. Although people may not agree with my statements and the vision that God has given me, it’s God-given whether others like it or not, and that’s enough for me.
If God has given you a desire or a dream that contradicts the church norm pray that God makes you care less about what others think, so that you may be empowered to execute the assignment that God has placed in your hands.
If God has given you vision that does not fit into the church mold, I tell you, stop feeling guilty. Go pursue your God-given mission because only then you will break free and become bold with the authority that your father in heaven has already granted you.
Be bold. Be courageous. Pray for God to show you who you are in Him. Pray for God to reveal His purpose for your life. Pray for God to direct your steps for what you need to do this year to propel you onto another level of wisdom.
Do you. If God has already revealed to you the mission that he wants you to carry out for Him here on earth, that’s the green light that you need, to go and do. When God reveals a task, He empowers you and equips you with all you need to succeed at it.
Discover your God-given talents, ideas and dreams.
Be empowered for God has given you a spirit of power, love and self-control.
Go get em!
Thank you for reading. God bless you!