I didn’t for a long time. For years I tried to make everyone else happy. The trouble with that is that I wasn’t. Happy, I mean.
Others often picked where I would eat, how I would spend my time, and invest my energy. The more I read my Bible, the more I understood that God wanted me to be myself. Wow!
Now most people would call me unconventional at best and down right annoyingly different at worst. They didn’t change but I did.
I learned to set boundaries. If what you want isn’t good for me and my family, get over it!
Does that sound too fierce for a Christian to say? Biblically, it is correct. God has a plan for our lives and He expects us to be our true selves, not the selves others want us to be.
If you aren’t sold on this, you should check out ‘Foolproofing Your Life’ by Jan Silvious. It’s a study of Proverbs. It deals with the fools in your life who try to use, manipulate, and order you around.(Check for it at Precept Ministries)
As Walt Disney said: The more you are like yourself, the more you will like yourself!
You go, guys and gals. Start on the road to being who you really are and watch what God will do with that honesty! Brenda J. Wood