Worrying about what other people think

1 Jan

Quite a challenging day we live in … With information at the fingertips of whomever wishes to work for it and social media brimming with EVERYTHING some are doing at EVERY MOMENT.  The term “privacy” has all but lost its meaning.  Yet there are still areas of our lives that need privacy.  That beg for it.

I’m not talking about those dark corners where some hide sin.  Sure, anyone doing wrong wants to keep it in the dark and never wants those around them to know.  No, the fruit that our life exhibits is out there and I do believe people should see the fruit of Christ in us.  So the dichotomy is this:  We SHOULD be concerned about how we live our lives.  And yet, there is a time for privacy.  There are areas that are really not the business of others.

I was talking to a friend tonight about some challenges that poor health presents to a family member.  This family faces some major decisions.  Tough decisions.  And one of the least things they should be worried about is what others think!!  The public sometimes is quick to present opinions without knowing all of the facts.  Often these opinions are formed by people who know less about the facts than they think.  There is a time in life when silence is golden.  Or, as my momma always tells me, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!!”

Experience with my father tells me you never know what you’ll have to do until the situation of life presents itself.  Then, you pray and ask God for direction … and DO WHAT HE SAYS!!  No matter what others might think!  We’ve been very fortunate with Mom being able to keep Dad at home thus far, and pray for continued help in that area.  But I’ve seen firsthand that sometimes you have to do what you have to do … Regardless of opinions formed on the outside.

As we enter the new year, I hope and pray all of us will think twice before we judge others!!  Try walking a mile in their shoes.  It might change your opinion!

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