Why oh why do I stress and stress over what others will think and feel when God is leading me in a particular direction?
At times in my life, I could care less about the thoughts of others and then, in other moments, I stress over upsetting others. Those “others” that I worry so much about are usually fellow Christians. As fellow Christ lovers, I shouldn’t have to worry about them thinking I’m crazy for following God, so why do I worry? I have no idea! I think it is my constant second guessing, my constant feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy that make me fear the thoughts of others.
This week, I came upon an article from Crosswalk that I had bookmarked years ago – two points really stood out to me as I read it:
- Keep your motives in check. When you think you sense God leading you to serve in a specific way, check your motives by asking who it will help, who will receive glory, and why you believe you should do it. Then spend some time studying the Bible to see if your desires line up with what God’s Word says about God’s love compelling you to serve others. Afterward, if you feel at peace, move forward boldly to use your influence and initiate positive change.
- Fear only God. You don’t need to fear anything or anyone except for God Himself. Fearing God means having a healthy respect for His awesome power, and doing your best to honor and obey God in everything you do and say. When you fear God, He will give you the peace you need to overcome any lesser fear, so you can keep stepping out in faith as the Holy Spirit leads you to change the world for the better.
Whatever you do,
work at it
ALL YOUR HEART
as working for the LORD,
not for man. – Colossians 3:23