Are You To Worried What Others Think Of You To Make A Difference?
I believe we all are capable of doing great things. In fact, I believe God provides each and every one of us with the talents and aspirations to make a difference in this world. Some may touch the entire world with their gift, while others may use their gift to make an impact in their local community. Either way, we all are here to do something special. But, if this is the case, why do so many actually accomplish so little?
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of the 3 servants and the talents. And it is clear by the end, simply maintaining what we are given is not good enough. Two servants earn more while the other buries his talents in the ground. None of the servants were bad people. All wanted what was best for their boss. But, the last one got a pretty severe tongue lashing for his lack of action. Nobody wants to be the last guy, but the reality is, most of us are.
Too often, what holds us back is we allow other people to define us. We're just so worried what people, mostly total strangers, will think of us. We want to be liked. I have news for you, that lady on aisle 5 of your local grocery store probably doesn't care what groceries you are buying or what clothes you are wearing. Stop thinking everyone is judging you. And if they are, who cares? We've all been told at some point by someone to not make waves, mind your own business, don't cause trouble and focus on making a living. We bury out talents in the sand and just maintain. Maybe it was a parent, a friend, a boss, a loved one or even your church community who just went out of their way to remind you that you just aren't good enough. Maybe they thought their intention was good, but in reality, it wasn't.
But, that attitude is not the Christian life. We are not called to be passive. We were not created to merely hide our heads and our hearts in the sand. And while we are just passing through this world in the hope of being reunited with Christ in heaven, we are still called to make an impact and to leave our piece of the Kingdom of God here on earth. You have value. Not because the stranger in aisle 5 of your local grocery store says you do, but because God says you do. He has placed that value on your heart and given you the ability to share it with others. Don't pray for acceptance, from others, pray for the wisdom and guidance to know and recognize the mission Christ has placed within you and the courage to follow it.
Ask yourself, is my church community just maintaining itself? Am I? I don't know what your particular "talent" is. But, I do know you have one. Let it shine for the glory of God.