We speak as men approved by God, to be entrusted with the gospel.
We are not trying to please men, but God, who tests our hearts.
1 Thess 2:4
The older I get, the deeper in my relationship with Christ that I go...
I am finding that I am less and less concerned about what other people think.
I feel a confidence in my decisions that is Him, in me.
Its not arrogance.
Or thinking that I have somehow arrived.
On the contrary, its only through being humbled to the reality of my inadequacies and Christ's sufficiency that I open myself up to the freedom of living under the one true King.
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?
Am I trying to please men?
If I were still trying to please men I would not be a servant of Christ.
No more serving the kingdom of "they."
What will they think?
What will they say?
This effects everything:
My choices regarding my children...
My view of myself...
My relationships with others...
What I eat and what I drink...
My courage to try new things...
My freedom to quit things...
How I spend my time...
That's awesome that so and so does this and this...it doesn't mean I have to. Or don't have to.
I'm no longer accountable to them.
I'm accountable to Him.
This kind of freedom is just so...freeing.
The more intimate I am with God, the less intimidating people are to me. - Unknown
This getting older thing, well...maybe it's not too bad after all.