We all do it.
It’s part of our fallen state.
It plays a special role in pride.
It can make us feel on top of the world.
It can make us feel at the bottom of the food chain…
In a matter of minutes… seconds.
What is it?
Placing our value in others’ opinions.
You see, I’ve noticed something…
When I listen too much to everyone else, and not enough on the One that created me, I begin to get tossed around in a deceitful wave of self pride.
When I put all my value in what others’ think, I begin to act differently, think differently, and adjust accordingly. I’m constantly trying to stay in safe ground with the people that determine my value. So, I become, not who I’m supposed to be, but who I suppose they want me to be.
‘They’ really are evil.
Or, maybe it’s me.
Maybe, I need to be reminded often that God loves me the way I am, but also wants me to reflect him more and more each day.
Maybe, I need to be reminded that what others’ think of me is far less important than the daily decision to be and do what God’s called me to be and do.
Maybe we all need that reminder.