Are THEY talking about me? Are THEY staring at me? I want to try out for drama club but THEY say I’m not talented enough…I want to start my own business but THEY say it’s going to be too hard…I want to get out of debt but THEY say it’s impossible…I want to go back to school but THEY say I’m too old….blah, blah, blah. I have one question… WHO IS “THEY”?!?
We’ve all done it at least once in our life. We’ve worried about what THEY are saying about us. I can definitely raise my hand to say this has happened to me a time or two. Why do we think other people are so engrossed in our lives that they really care what we do or say? The truth is people are more worried about their own life a lot more than they’re worried about yours. And, if someone is more engrossed in your life than theirs, it’s only because THEY don’t have a life and they surely don’t want to see you succeed in yours!
I love the principles Les Brown and Jim Rohn, two great motivational speakers, have shared and taught others on how to live life and be successful doing it.
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
― Les Brown
“Let others lead small lives, but not you.. Let others argue over small things, but not you.. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”
― Jim Rohn
And from the greatest book ever written, the Bible, here are some verses showing how the fear of other’s opinions can rule your life and how trusting in the Lord – not people, can give you a more abundant and happy life.
“Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.”- Proverbs 18:2 NIV
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? ” -Psalm 118:6 NIV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
The only true way to get these principles in your soul to be able to build your faith in who God has made you to be is to hear the word over and over again. Whether it’s from reading the Bible, listening to inspirational sermons or taking 15 mins out of your day to listen to a motivational speaker, one thing is certain – you must hear faith building words over and over until it gets deep down in your soul.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.-Romans 10:17
When we share our dreams and aspirations with others, it sometimes makes the people around us uncomfortable because THEY don’t have a plan for their life and THEY don’t expect you to either.
As long as all of us are broke, it’s all right. As long as all of us don’t have an education, it’s all right. As long as all of us are using drugs, it’s all right. As long as all of us are in debt, it’s all right. It’s not until you step out and say, “NO, I’m not going to be broke.” “NO, I’m not going to be in debt.” “NO, I’m not going to be uneducated.” “NO, I’m not going to be lazy.” “NO, I’m not going to sit in front of the TV all day.” Once you start speaking those faith-building words, something not only happens inside of you but also around you. You start to create the life YOU want and you become less concerned with what THEY think.
We need to stop worrying about whether or not the people around us are talking about us and if they approve of what we’re doing to improve our lives. If God has put a dream in your heart, your only responsibility is to Him and to see that dream through. God will do more for you than any person would or could do.