Are You Afraid to Just Be YOU? by Donna R. Rutherford
How many times have you hesitated about trying a new endeavor? How long has it been since you seriously thought about making a change in your life? What’s holding you back? Are you more concerned about what your friends or family will think? You’ve been holding onto that bucket list for five years now. You review it once a month just to make sure it’s still there. Do you seek the approval of others first instead of JUST BEING YOU? If a person is not careful, it would be easy for anyone to fall into that trap. There’s nothing wrong with asking for someone’s opinion, but don’t let their opinion cause you to question your security. Don’t let their opinion change who you really are. I’m not talking about moral issues. That’s a different subject. I’m referring to simple matters such as a change in hairstyle, a preference in fashion, a desire to study abroad, changing jobs, start a business, pursuing your passion, travel, etc. Think about it. If you want to cut your hair, or change the color, do it! Even best friends sometimes agree that their taste in fashion may be different. But it doesn’t mean they will belittle each other for being different. Hopefully, they will recognize the uniqueness in each other, and respect it. Who wants to be a copycat of someone else, anyway? That’s BORING! Don’t allow the insecurities and fears of others keep you in a box. Keep you stuck. Likewise, don’t let the opinion of others keep you from pursuing what the Lord Jesus Christ has put in your heart to do.