My boyfriend has taught me a LOT over the past year, but possibly one of my favorite lessons he has shown me is this:
(And before you stop reading because you hate sappy posts or Valentine’s Day, I assure you this is not too sappy for your liking).
Standing up for what you believe in is necessary.
Standing up for what you know is right is essential.
Standing for truth, no matter who is against you, is what we must do as believers.
It’s not that I have struggled with not knowing what the “truth” is per say, or that I stand for what is wrong, but rather that I am fearful to stand “against” anyone out of fear of making an enemy or causing any animosity.
So, I take a neutral stand and stay sitting, assuming that others know that is my version of standing up in a non-confrontational manner.
My people-pleasing mindset wins.
But, as I have learned this lesson and seen him stand for truth in different situations, I have realized a very important lesson.
It is often more effective to gain someone’s respect rather than their liking.
In other words, when you stand for truth, it may not immediately give you number one fans, but people respect you.
Not only that, you are pleasing The giver of all truth- Jesus- and his approval is really all that is necessary.
Something I have also learned is that it is sometimes more important to be an example than it is to be a friend.
Choosing to stand up for someone rather than join in on the gossip may annoy your friends right at first but I assure you that it made them think.
Choosing to be the one to speak up and be accountable to a friend, providing them with truth in a situation rather than what they want to hear- THAT is being a friend.
I am not suggesting that any of us take on the “holier than thou” mindset and think we know what is best or have some “divine” advice to offer others.
But what I am suggesting is that we stop being afraid to speak the truth out of fear of how others will react.
Because the truth with that is, when you please God with your reactions and how you choose to stand, He deals with others.
He always has.
In my experience, when I have been upfront and taken a stand and when I have been not afraid to be bold and confront someone out of love, that person has been MORE likely to come to me when something is wrong or when they need someone.
Because they know that you will honest, upfront, truthful and speak out of love, regardless of what that means.
So, my challenge to you: Stand up for what you believe in, even when it’s hard.
Because the reality is, standing up is most important when it is hard.
When others are sitting down, THAT Is when people notice that you are the one standing up.
The more difficult it is to stand, the more impact you have when you do.
The truth of the matter is, if you don’t stand for anything, you become willing to sit for anything too.
And sitting? Well, it is boring, non-suggestive and a non-influential way to live.
Stand for things Jesus loves.
And don’t be scurred, because He will stand with you.
And I will do my best to get my butt up to!
PRAYING for you!
“By standing firm you will gain life.” -Luke 21:19
“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” -Proverbs 10:25