Monday, July 12, 2010
Freedom From What People Think
Why does it matter so much – what other people think? Sure, we’re all people pleasers by nature, but there are times in life when we just have to step up and do the right thing. Because it’s the right thing. Because it’s our calling.
I realize it’s not really “in” to talk about a calling in today’s culture. People start thinking you’re crazy. Or worse, they start thinking that you think you’re better than everyone else. That you have it all figured out.
That’s not what I’m talking about.
In The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris writes about her own calling as a writer:
[T]o answer the call as a prophet, or a poet for that matter, is to reject the authority of credentials, of human validation of any kind, accepting only the authority of the call itself.
I have a long way to go! I don’t know about you, but I’m not at a point where I can completely forgo human validation. Yet Norris’ words make a powerful point. Are my actions based on what I know is right? On what I know I’m called to do?
Or, are my actions based on the ever-moving target of pleasing other people?
Do you struggle with worrying about what other people think? If so, please join me in praying for the strength to live out your calling.
Dear God, please free us from what other people think. Help us to accept the authority of Your call as validation. And give us the courage to live out our God-given indentities. Even if other people think we're nuts.