Public opinion is fragile.
Ask any public figure, and pastor, any politician or any one over the age of 4 and they’ll tell you that others’ opinions of us can change in a heartbeat.
- one single word perceived hurtful
- one missed compliment
- one slight disagreement
- one wrong look
- one forgotten comment
- one assertive move
- one bold statement
and the opinion of people around us can change quickly.
I couldn’t help but think of this as I read this in Acts 14 the other day…
“But even with these words, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them. Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead.”
Paul and Barnabas were on top of the world.. the people wanted to offer sacrifices to them… they thought they were freakin gods.
One move by someone else and public opinion changed. They were all the sudden off the throne and in the mud.
Not much has changed over the last 2,000 years or so.
Don’t build your value on public opinion.
Don’t let all you are or all you do rest on what someone else or other people think of you.
Chase what is right.
Let what is right define who you are.
Chase your dreams and call with reckless determination.
Let God solidify you.
Public opinion is a fragile thing.
God’s love is persistent.
originally posted in 2013