One of my favorite books is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It’s a collection of daily thoughts written from God’s perspective. Last month, while I was reading one day and preparing ideas for October, I came across this paragraph:
“Each of my children is a unique blend of temperament, giftedness, and life experiences. Something that is a baby step for you may be a giant step for another person, and vice versa. Only I know the difficulty or ease of each segment of your journey. Beware of trying to impress others by acting as if your giant steps are only baby ones. Do not judge others who hesitate, in trembling fear, before an act that would be easy for you. If each of my children would seek to please me above all else, fear of others’ judgements would vanish, as would attempts to impress others. Focus your attention on the path just ahead of you and on the One who never leaves your side.”(September 25)
There is so much truth in those words. I’ve noticed a pattern gently weaving its way through my posts this month. It’s that what is an adventure to me, may not be an adventure to you. And what the words in that paragraph up there challenge me with are that I can’t compare my words, my life, or my fears to anyone else’s. My journey here is uniquely mine.
It is tempting to get caught up in trying to figure out what people think of who we are and what we do. But if we find the freedom in letting that go, then our giant steps will become baby steps, and before you know it we will be jumping off cliffs into the vast unknown with confidence, because our eyes will be focused on the only One who actually matters.
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