Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free to Be~ Day 29 (31 Days of Wisdom)


Just last night, as my husband and I were chit-chatting, the following words came tumbling out of my mouth:

I wish I knew then what I know now.

I was sharing a conversation I had overheard while my husband and I had been out running errands together on Friday. At our last stop, I had opted to wait in the car. A few minutes after my husband entered the store, a car pulled into the parking space next to me. The door opened and an elderly lady stepped out. Then, she leaned into the car, which had heavily tinted windows, and spoke to someone still in the car. Finally, a young girl about 4 hopped out. I don't know what the elderly lady said to her, but I couldn't miss hearing this little girl's reply.

"Well," she said very matter-of-factly, with both hands on her hips. "When I get to be a grown up, I'm not going to be afraid of anything!" And with that declaration, she swung her body around, slinging her pony-tail as to add an exclamation to her statement, and then started toward the store.

Fear.

Unfortunately, fear and I have a long history together. And sadly, and shamefully, I have usually allowed fear to call all the shots. Whatever fear dictated, that's what I did....or more times than not....didn't do.

I wish I knew then what I know now.
I wish I was 21 and just heading out into life.
I wish I had read the words in Proverbs 29:25 then.

Here it is in a few different translations:

Being afraid of people can get you into trouble,
but if you trust the Lord, you will be safe. NCV

Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
but trusting the LORD means safety. NLT

And, the one that really hit home for me:

The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in God protects you from that. The Message

For the majority of my life, I have known the disabling power of human opinion.

Have you?

What someone thought about me became what I thought about me.
What someone else spoke about me became the very words I spoke to myself. Unless.....the words or the thoughts were positive. Then, I simply dismissed them as being untrue.

Have you done this, too?

Who we are is not determined by what others say or think about us.
Who we are is not determined by what we say or think about us, either.

Who we are is determined by what GOD says and thinks about us. PERIOD.

However, if we let it, fearing the opinions of man can:

determine our outcome

and

derail our God-given destiny.

Quite possibly, where you are right now is no where near where God intends for you to be. Maybe, you too have allowed fear of man to dictate what you think, what you do, and tragically, who you are becoming.

Always remember and never forget that it is God who created you.

He created you

ON purpose,

WITH purpose,

FOR a purpose.

It is God, and God alone, who knows who we are and who we were created to be. Not the world. Not the voice of man. But, the voice of TRUTH.

Who have you been listening to?

Who have you been fearing?

Man?

Or God?

Fear of man is a deadly trap. It latches onto the very heart of us and holds us captive - captive from our own life.

Fear of the Lord frees us from the chains of human opinion and earthly expectation and enables and empowers us to be ALL we were created to be.

Fear of man brings death to our dreams, our hopes, and our God-given destiny.

Fear of the Lord breathes life into our very existence for being and spurs us on to our very purpose for being.


Twirling
{Photo Credit}

Don't become ensnared by the opinions of others.


Don't let the words and thoughts of others trip you up.


Know who you are IN Christ.


Then, step out into your destiny and let the world know, too.~









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