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Are You One Of THOSE People?

Not too long ago, I realized I might be one of THOSE people.  Do you know to whom I’m referring?  Those people are extremists about whatever is their thing.  Whatever your area or thing, are you afraid people see you as one of those?

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It occurs to me that, when people don’t quite understand why we do the things we do, they may see us as extremists.  When we are serious enough about our Christianity, our health, or any other area of life, to make serious changes in our actions, people notice.  As the saying goes . . .

Actions speak louder than words.

There was a time in my life that what people thought of me would have concerned me more than it does now.  I guess we get to an age that it doesn’t matter so much anymore.  As a Christian, as long as I’m doing what God directs me to do, I can rest in that.

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but
trusting the Lord means safety. (Proverbs 29:25)

The caution is that as we carry out our days, if the opinions and judgments of others changes our opinion of what God says about ourselves, we are in dangerous territory.

God told me to get healthy “and all will be better in the end”.  I know.  Sounds strange, doesn’t it?  But, that’s what He said.  So, if my quests for a healthier lifestyle and living the authentic Christian life seem extreme to some, that’s fine with me.  When we carry out God’s will, we need not worry about anything else.  It’s all for HIS glory!

I ask you again.

Do you have an area where people might see you as one of THOSE people?

And a second question.

Do you care?

Rather than getting wrapped up in worry over what others think, consider what God says about you.  He loves you unconditionally, and He cares for you.

 

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.  (Galatians 3:26-27)

 

Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child.  And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.  (Galatians 4:7)

 

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God.  If pleasing people were by goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.  (Galatians 1:10)

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My old self has been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (Galatians 2:20)

 

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.  (Matthew 5:16)

 

That final verse gets to the root of it for me.  If what we do glorifies the Father, we’ve met our goal.  It’s all about Him.

In what area are you an extremist, a fanatic, or one of those people?  Let’s discuss it in the comments below, shall we?

Because He lives~

 

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4 Comments

  • Maria Isela Sandoval

    Thank you Kim for your words of encouragement!

    I thought I was the only one thinking this way, too. I grew in a dysfunctional home, so I was very shy and insecure. Even as a young woman of God, it was very hard for me to stop being a “people-pleaser”. It was a heavy burden I carried for a long time! But through His word and His Grace, as I’ve grown in HIm (while I age), I have realized my identity is found in Him, so I surely agree with your words: “When we carry out God’s will, we need not worry about anything else. It’s all for HIS glory!”

    Big hug and blessings for you and your beloved family!

    Mari

  • Diane

    Once again Kim, your words are such an encouragement. I have always been a people-pleaser and perfectionist. But now I hopefully am a God-Pleaser. It is so good to be His child and to have His word to guide me.

    Blessings to you sweet sister,
    Diane

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