“Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out
and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.”
~ Matthew 12:13
Stretch. It’s a word we need to become comfortable with if we want to succeed in life. We can’t remain in our comfort zone. We must take some risks and box outside of our weight class from time to time. The trick to moving beyond our comfort zone is to take things slowly. No need to jump into the deep end and thrash about. That can cause too many emotional upheavals. No, the smart way to take risks is to apply the motto, “Easy does it.” We do the next right thing, and then wait patiently to do the next. We don’t rush. We don’t worry. We take baby steps.
We want to grow and thrive in life so we explore new boundaries and edges. We find new things that inspire us. We explore our divine purpose and allow God to help us live it. We learn how to box outside of our weight class one new experience at a time, and we become better for it!
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? ”
It hurts when people share their negative opinion of us behind our backs. It hurts when they are brave enough to share it with us face to face. Even unasked for advice can put us on the defensive and make us feel that we aren’t good enough. What can you do to safeguard your heart from other’s opinions? You remember that you are on this Earth to serve God, not man. You aren’t here to seek the approval of others. You are here to live out your life according to the purpose and plan that God has for you.
There are always going to be naysayers—people who don’t like the way you think, act or feel. There will always be someone who holds an opposite viewpoint of your own. You will never make everyone happy with your decisions, beliefs, feelings, or actions, so make yourself happy. Make God happy! Frankly, what other people think of you is none of your business! You can’t control what other’s think of you. You can only control you! Besides, God’s opinion of you is all that matters. You have permission to be the you God created you to be.