Who told you that you were supposed to be married by 35?
Who told you that you should have gotten a raise by now and if not, you’re unsuccessful?
Who told you that your unique style isn’t cool enough?
Who told you that your life should look a certain way, the mirror should reflect a specific look, your relationship should follow a particular recipe, or that your priorities should reflect what’s popular?
Let me ask you this: If you didn’t feel the pressure to impress, if you didn’t have the temptation of peer pressure, and if you were only concerned with the approval of Jesus, what would your life look like? How would it change? Would you still do what you do now? Would you spend time second-guessing who you are or would it simply be enough?
Friends, we have so jacked up the relationship process sometimes. Jesus gave us community for the purpose of refinement, service, accountability, and fellowship. And somehow, we’ve made it about comparison, envy, self-doubt, and competition.
We gotta stop. We just have to be better than our yesterday selves, that’s our hope. And really, God just wants us to be free. To be us. To be weird and quirky and uniquely ourselves, continually being transformed to be more like Him.
Keep that head straight and those eyes up, friend. No lookin’ to the right or to the left, okay? It will only slow you down, trip you up, and make you feel as though youth path is inadequate. But don’t you listen! Satan can’t destroy you so he would love nothing more than to distract you and deter you from the difference he knows you will make and are making.
Happy Hump Day my friends! Let’s be aware and kind and gracious today.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” -Proverbs 4:25-27
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