'The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.'
When you trust God, you are freed from the disabling fear of what others think. Why? How? What does it even mean?
I don't know for sure, but I often allow words to paint pictures in my mind. I am a visual person. I need to see something if I am going to grasp it. When I read the bible, for example, I take the words and imagine it in relation to me and my kids. I create the scenario in my head, see it played out, and will often have an 'aha moment'.
If you are reading this, you probably already know our daughter uses a wheelchair for mobility. Which constantly creates opportunity to build confidence and enforce positive perspectives as her parent.
With that in mind, here's a quick scenario for you. One of the painted pictures I have for the above verse ....
Carsyn took dance fore the first time this year. She was the only kid using a wheelchair. The class has walls covered in mirrors. Which to a kid who is aware of her differences, a mirrored classroom can be a tough thing to get through. Every time we went, for the first 4 months, it went something like this ...
'Mom, why am I the only one that has a wheelchair? I don't want to look at myself. I am so much smaller than they are because I can't stand up. I don't like being in a wheelchair. What if people look at me?'
And I would always respond ....
'Carsyn Grace, look me in my eyes right now. You are gorgeous. You shine from the inside out. There is nothing more beautiful in this world than when you smile. You are Carsyn Grace Grubb ... you aren't like everybody else. You are set apart. Highly favored. Full of Joy. Covered in Grace. Filled with love. There is no one like you in this world, and there never will be anyone like you again.
You are Carsyn Grace Grubb. You were created for greatness. You are a gift to this world. Don't ever compare yourself to anyone else. You are you. Beautifully, wonderfully, fearfully made you. You are amazing. I am so proud of you ...'
And by this point she would be nodding her head up and down, smiling. Because she believed my words. She felt my pleasure over her. She could feel my love and my joy for her.
She believed my words, because she trusts her mom.
And then I would say ...
'Now, i want you to walk into your classroom, go straight up to a mirror, put your shoulders back, head up, and smile. Because you are Carsyn Grace Grubb. You are proud to be you! There is no one like you in this world. You are so beautiful. I am so proud of you. Now go dance!'
And she would go into her class, go straight up to the mirror and smile with pride. Then wheel around the room, laughing. Ready to dance.
When Carsyn trusted my words, she was freed from a prison of fear in her own mind. She came alive. Her fears of others opinions were disempowered. Because she trusts me, my words became greater than her fears.
And all those words I would say to Carsyn, I imagine God saying to me. To you.
You have to believe in the beauty of yourself. In the uniqueness of who you are. You have to believe that the one who created you knew what He was doing. And you have to believe what He says about you. His words have to become greater than your fears.
There is no one like you in the world. You are set apart. Created for greatness. Highly favored. Full of life. Full of joy. Full of love. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Be you. Because you are amazing ...
So, hold your head up high, look straight ahead and smile. Face your fears. Live life fully alive. Sing your song. Dance your dance. Play your note. Your Daddy is so proud of you.
Trust. Believe. Be fearless and free.