Caring too much about the opinions of others can be another diversion from The Lord. This one’s very closely related to fear as well as performance. I know I’m trying to help you move into a more intimate relationship with the God who loves you so very much and to this point I hope we’ve been removing barriers. But this one has the potential of making you say, “Okay, that’s close enough”.

Sometimes God is going to want to do something really crazy with you. Not crazy like “for no reason” but crazy in the eyes of the world around us. You see we can’t get close to Him without changing and the world hates change. We like things all tied up a pretty package that we can predict, understand and maybe even control. That’s not the way of God, He is completely unique and our relationship with Him must be unique too. If His love for us is not one of a kind then it’s not enough, it would fall short of filling the need we each have to be special. So don’t be afraid of what others think. Draw as close to Him as you can, become so familiar with His voice that there is no question and then whatever He says, do it. It may look wacky to those around you but I promise it is the most wonderful, free and fulfilling life you could ever dream of. In fact it’s the one you’ve been wanting.

  1. Cromwellsheart says:

    What sound common sense Jim. You have a grand knack of summarising where I feel I am with God. Past the stage of worrying what others feel, past trying to take others where He is taking me. They are welcome to come with me of course!

    At our small groups prayer meetings we have developed the Quaker habit of speaking our thoughts. More by accident than design, it is noticeable how different folk are at different places. I am the oldest by far, some even started to call me pastor last year. They did stop when asked, for I do not want to lead or be a figurehead. I want others to enjoy developing their understanding and relationship with God. Much like a journey, a rocky and steep path towards that ultimate place. At His side.

    Yes, your daily writings help me enormously, thank you my friend.


    • Thank you John. I love what He is doing in your group. Authority is not something to be taken but rather given. Being a Pastor and being called a “Pastor” are very different.

      • Cromwellsheart says:

        Aye Jim I agree, having walked away from organised worship many years ago I did not want to repeat or replicate in anyway. It is funny but a good friend of mine is an Anglican priest, he says he waits for the day I will walk back to the established church. All said in good humour I must add!

        That is why I find our present situation so rewarding, God brought us together for His reason and to all of us this feels very right. One of the main problems many have is shaking off orthodoxy and just “letting it happen” 🙂

  2. Great post and so true! Pleasing the world around us vs pleasing God. The decision looks easy on paper but boy oh boy, it can be far from it in practice. Thanks for posting this blog and for the encouragement today!

  3. Julie Dumond says:

    The Holy Spirit deposited this in me as an young child. very young. I guess He knew I really needed it. Thanks Jim…That is something I always need to hear. God is so good to continue pulling me from performance base…

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