We are afraid of what other people think about us.We safeguard our steps and every decision made is in the fear of what others might say or think.Will it change their view about us?Will it stop us from the steps God has called us to take?
As people, we can become too self-critical.When this happens, we compare ourselves to others, get down on ourselves, and/or put limits on our dreams all because we fear that we are not “making the mark.” The real truth is you are already good enough in what you do, hence, why God has blessed you with this talent, why He’s given you a vision and where He’s placed you in service.Who is greater, the one who leads or the one who serves?
The “mark” I've found to measure my growth as an artist comes from 2 Timothy 1:6-7: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on ofmy hands.For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” The only fear to have is the fear of God.Not investing in what God has invested within you is something to fear.God has not blessed you with a gift to be compared by others, but to be shared with others.
We are told in 1 John 1 that there is no fear in love because of Christ has perfected His love through us.By His strength and by His shaping, smith-work and the sweat of our brows, He fashions us for good use by the power of the Holy Spirit.This ultimately should help relieve the pressure of measuring up to others.
As God lit the flame within, now you fan into flame your talent and gift with the help of the Spirit.Train under His guidance as you set your mind on things above: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.As developing people, may we live by the Spirit in keeping in step with the Spirit.
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