Stepping Heavenward

2006-10-27

Happy Is The Man...(Or Woman!!)

Have your personal thoughts or convictions ever made you stand out? Have they ever made things slightly difficult for you in a group of people? Or have you ever seen the secretive glances that others in the room give each other after you have finished explaining the reasons for your convictions? Ever felt nervous, self conscious or even misunderstood because of them?

For a long time I have been battling with this. As Christians we all have the same fundamental beliefs in Christ-and this is what makes the bond between us so special, because we are all brothers and sisters in the Lord! But after those fundamental beliefs, we also have our own personal ideas on different subjects, and other don't always agree with us. But just because we don't change simply because nobody else agrees with us, it doesn't necessarily mean we enjoy holding to our beliefs. Personally, I am so prone to thoughts such as: "You are the only one in the room who thinks like you do on this subject" or, "I think they're all looking at you", or "They think you've lost your marbles this time, Cel!"

Whether or not these silent conversations I hold with myself are true or not...I don't know! :) :)
But yesterday I was reading my Bible and this verse jumped out at me:

Happy is the man who does not condemn himself in what he approves Romans 14.22

I then realised that I have been "condemning" myself! Isn't that mad? What is the point in doing what I think is right if I am struggling about it and feeling awful? It's got to be more than that! We should be strong, but also rejoicing in doing what we know is right...it won't alwasy be easy...but it'll be worth while!

Each of us have our own personal struggles, but don't "condemn" yourself for what you believe is right. And remember, as Christians, we're all part of the family of God...and God created us all to be unique! :)

(Written in great haste, so hope it makes sense!! :)

4 Comments:

  • Yeah, a lot of times we think that when we feel uncomfortable we can make up an excuse to be able to 'fit in' good post.

    By Blogger Keith M., at 1:24 PM  

  • We are so much like sheep, but following the flock doesn't tell where we end up. So in stead of minding the other sheep too much, let's think of the Shepherd Who will guide us savely HOME. His home makes all the difference, and it will always be encouraging when we think of the Lord, unfiltered by thoughts of men! In the end it will be just Him and YOU anyway, so why try to please people that can't and likely won't reward you anyway? Let's remember Who it is that paid the price and through that, let's remember Who we belong to and deserves our praise!!
    You're good with words Cel! Love you!

    By Blogger jacky baken, at 5:00 PM  

  • Lady Jackie...You words are so true! I loved what you said: "In the end it will be just Him and YOU anyway". So true. Now I am going to try and be brave enough to hold strong to what I think is right!

    Mr Keith: great comment. Thanking you, sir. (Your profile picture keeps cracking me up!!)

    By Blogger Celeste McGrath, at 7:40 PM  

  • Hey Celeste,

    How inspiring that post was!

    i fall into that pattern more often than i'd like to admit.It can seem so difficult to stand up for what we know is right and is according to God's word, but when we do, we should not bother about the eyes on us...Or the eyes that we think are on us...It's a greta relief to know that i am really accountable to only one person...would have move with the tide or do what pleases only Him?

    Thanks for your comment on my page...
    Much Love

    By Anonymous christelle, at 10:16 PM  

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