sharing from my heart to yours
So I've been thinking a lot about life recently.
Ha. What else is new?!
But more specifically, what is our purpose?
Why are we here?
Who are we living for?
I think we can all give those answers somewhat easily.
In a nutshell, we are here to spread the love of Christ to the World.
I think sometimes, though, in the mundane of life, we forget.
I was visiting with some friends recently and we were discussing the topic of living for others, versus living for God.
Are we people-pleasers or God-pleasers?
Do we make choices based on what others will think of us?
Do we allow God to work in our lives in all circumstances?
Personally, I know this is a struggle for me.
Even here on the blog, I sometimes doubt about sharing my heart.
Will people think I'm trying just to get attention?
Will the like it or think it's dumb?
If they say they like it will I take the credit and be prideful?
If I am criticized, will I quit?
What if a lot of people read it?!
What if nobody reads it?!
I don't write often here, but it is one of the many areas in my life that this type of questioning comes about.
But we can ask these kinds of questions about anything...
Am I too focused on my job?
Do people think it's a waste of time?
Should I be wearing this style of clothes?
What if people think it's strange?
I wonder if I'm too hard on my kids.
Or maybe I'm too soft.
People might not think I'm doing it right.
I have something I want to give.
But they might think it's dumb.
What if I'm spending too much money on this?
Maybe I shouldn't go there, people might think I'm high class.
I don't want to go there, someone might think I can't do better.
I wonder what that person will think if they see this.
I'll just stay home, then people can't look down on me.
I can't stay home, people might think I'm stuck up!
You get the point.
Every single thing in life can become a point of doubting ourselves.
How sad that is.
We are so quick to hide who we really are.
We hide our hearts.
We hide behind excuses or make choices based on the people around us.
Some of these questions maybe SHOULD be asked.
But in a different way.
WHO are we living our lives for?
So the answer to all of those questions should be directed towards Him.
Would God think this decision is worth my time?
Am I following His leading by making this choice?
Does this thing in my life glorify Him?
We can so quickly forget that.
We worry and wonder about others will think of us,
without even considering what God will think.
People's opinions really don't matter.
It is hard to go against the grain and be different.
It's not easy to make choices that people around you might not like.
Going out of our comfort zone to do something we feel that God is leading us to can be a challenge.
Making changes in our lives because of God's calling isn't a simple thing.
We can live for others (or even ourselves), or we can live for God.
There is only one way.
It's not the easiest way.
Our God doesn't promise a smooth journey.
In fact, He tells us that the whole world may be against us.
But I come back to my title questions...
What's the point?
'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Let us ask God to guide us.
May He help us to live for Him,
without being concerned about the opinions of others.
I pray we can be real with each other.
Lets share our hearts, the joys and the struggles.
May we be confident in the person He created us to be.
And may we be sure in the faith He has given us.
Hello and Welcome!