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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Avoid that trap...

A lot of people have one or more favorite Bible verses. Well so do I. In fact it's almost if I have seasonal favorites. One of those verses came to mind after listening to Les Brown (who I'd never heard of) and John Maxwell (whose books I've read) recently.

Les Brown said that one of his teachers comment played a big part in propelling him forward. His teacher said: Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.

I could immediately relate with it because shortly after I became born-again, I read Proverbs 29 and the Holy Spirit engraved verse 25 in my heart. I've written about it* and till tomorrow it's one of my cornerstone verses. At that time, I had the Good News Bible which we were raised on.

With today's translations, this is the closest translation to what I read decades ago:

It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, 
but if you trust the Lord, you are safe. (Good News Translation)

I also like the rendition in one of my favorite translations:
The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. (The Message)

The bottom line, the way I see it, is:
People have a right to their opinions and I have an obligation to live my life to God's glory...not to others' opinions. The truth is that for your own good, there are times when you need to ignore opinions.**

When you truly trust God, other people's opinions will not direct or affect your life.

I'm sure some people who know me well may now appreciate why (and how often) I say:
"I really don't care what others think." When you follow the footsteps of our Perfect example,*** you'll notice that Jesus 'fed'**** on God's guidance not man's mandates.

Whatever you do in life, avoid the trap of men's opinions or perceptions...focus on God's reality.


**Don’t listen [give your heart] to everything people say, or you might hear your servant insulting you. (Expanded Bible)
*** 1 Peter 2:21
**** John 4:34

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