Ran across this tweet yesterday:
Matthew Barnett is the Pastor of the L.A. Dream Center and author of the New York Times Bestselling Book "The Cause Within You".
It got me thinking...
WHEN PEOPLE'S OPINIONS MATTER TOO MUCH!
We can fall somewhere between
- having no self identity.
- Shape shifting into those in our near vicinity (like a chameleon).
- Smiling & nodding only to later stew...
- THEN OTHER TIMES we carefully remove all jewelery, our glasses and purse and roll up the sleeves to allow the inner SHANIQUA's release like the KRAKEN. The poor souls had no idea this would be the last day they took a breath! (I tend to fall into this category =()
In any case, as I pondered this tweet I came to this conclustion.
How can we best witness the TRUTH in our lives if we don't even know the truth.
Seriously could write a book on this.
Not everyone has the proper judgment in determining when we are right, wrong or indifferent. There is truely only One!
It's next-to-impossible to be yourself when you're caught up in constantly wondering "Do they think I'm funny? Does she think I'm fat? Do they think I'm stupid? Am I good/clever/popular enough to be a part of 'whomever'?"
To be yourself, you've got to let go of these concerns and just let your behavior flow, with only your consideration of others as a filter — not their consideration of you.
Matthew followed up with another tweet on the subject:
Amen and Amen!
I wonder if this is what we look like to God as we labor to be someone we are not?
Oscar Wilde once said with his usual wit: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.