There is something I have recently learned in my 24 years of being alive-something that has taken me this long to finally comprehend, but has brought freedom and peace all at the same time.
I am okay with people misunderstanding me because quite frankly, their opinion of me doesn’t matter.
You see, for so long have I cared about what other people thought. From my academics to what I would do in life, I cared about the opinions of those around me to the point where it exhausted me into several burn outs. However, as I have been growing in the Lord as my mother has passed away, I am done worrying about what people think or say.
Because in the end, it isn’t their opinion or their validation that I am truly after, but it is the LORD’S truth that I am seeking.
The more I mature and become the woman that He wants me to be, the more I realize the truth about the human mind–there will always be someone who doesn’t like what you are doing regardless of how well you do it.
You could be the best at your job and someone will still think you are slacking.
You could be the most passionate at your side hustle, bu there will be something who thinks you aren’t talented.
You could be the sweetest peach, but of course, there will always be that one person who doesn’t like peaches.
And the list can continue.
We live in a world and a generation that believes in proving yourself and proving your worth, but I’ve recently come to the realize that I owe nothing to anyone-not one thing. I do not need to “prove my worth,” nor do I need to prove myself to any person, for they are no better than I am in the eyes of the Lord as there is no one who is truly “good.”
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7
Therefore, though we live in a world that screams “know my worth,” I won’t beg or demand anyone to see my worth because I know who I am in Christ, and who I am is a daughter of a King who is seated with Him in the heavenly places. Who I am is a daughter of the one who surrounds me with a wall of fire as He is the glory in my midst. Who I am is a resilient daughter of God who needs approval from no one, but the Lord.
Who I am is not defined by man, but defined by HIM alone.
Therefore, I am okay with people misunderstanding me. Not everyone has to support my dreams, not everyone has to view me as worthy, and not everyone needs to understand the “ins” and “outs’ of Christina, but who I truly care about is the Lord our God.
The one who fully loves us and deeply knows us.
Therefore, I am going to keep pursuing my dreams, my side hustle, and I will keep living my life as the beloved daughter of a King because THAT Is who I am.
And if someone misunderstands me, then that is okay.
Because in the end, I am not seeking any person’s approval as I do not need it, but rather, I am seeking His.
Therefore, I am okay with people misunderstanding me because my life will still move on in the way the Lord wants it too regardless, so rather than worrying about opinions, I am going to focus on the truth–the truth of God’s Word.
And when you stop worrying about the opinions of others and become okay with them misunderstanding you, there is peace that comes.
A peace that goes past this world and into the heavenly places–the heavenly places where the Lord our God is seated.