Short post today, because I’m swamped with homework and studying for exams. 🙂
It’s so easy to care about other’s opinions of us. The things we say, wear, eat and do are often filtered through what it will make others think. We need people to think well of us, to like us, to love us.
Of course, it feels nice when people like us. When that person laughs at our joke, or compliments our outfit, we’re overjoyed.
But, we’re often plunged into the depths of despair when there’s a chance that people don’t like us, or think badly of us. Our lives become a roller coaster, narrated by other’s ever-changing opinions.
It gets tiring, doesn’t it? It’s not easy to constantly gain approval.
Here’s the thing: your life isn’t about others, or what they think about you. It isn’t about you, or what you think of yourself. You live for God alone.
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.1 Corinthians 4:3
The only way you will stop caring what others think about you is to realize you have been loved by someone greater. God’s love for you is far more important and satisfying than love or acceptance from anyone on this earth. It’s the only love that will fill the longing in your heart.
It doesn’t feel like that, though, does it? Most of the time, I would much rather people think well of me than God. That’s why we need to meditate on his love for us, remind our hearts that despite how it feels, God’s love is greater than any other.
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.Isaiah 43:4
When you truly realize the weight of how much God cares about you, you won’t need the acceptance and love of others.
So, who cares what others think about you? The only person’s opinion that matters is God’s, and he calls you his child.