I have found that I am so concerned with making sure people know I love, respect, and appreciate them that it’s gone one step too far. I try so hard to show them that I genuinely mean what I say instead of letting the words speak for themselves. My actions are not so genuine and Christ-like as you might think.
The bottom line is: keep it simple. Be Christ to everyone you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be who Jesus made you to be and don’t offer up some fake persona to get people’s approval or acceptance. Or to show them that you approve and accept them.
Mine is a deceitful heart, full of worry and envy. I keep trading it in daily for Christ’s true heart of faith and mercy.
The world got it wrong when they told you, “Work hard, play hard.” In reality, we should work hard because we have rested well. My faithfulness should spring from my time of rest. Not the other way around.
there is absolutely no other option than to do what you love doing. So what if you suck at it? You’ll get better. So what is no one affirms your dream? You don’t need the approval of man. So what if you have to sacrifice time, money, and sleep to do it? The end result is worth it. If this is what you love, you better be gung ho about it. Because there really is no other option.