Are You Ready to Admit This?

“What will people think?” Are you ready to admit that this question drives most of what you do and how you live? What will they think about what I wear? What will they think about what I say? What will they think about what I post? What will they think if I don’t say, Yes? What will they think if I fail? The bottom line is that we crave approval and are always asking, even if subconsciously, “What will people think?”

Being driven by this question leads to over-commitment, to being controlled by peer pressure, to a dread of not meeting the expectations of others, and to a tendency to avoid people. This is what’s it’s like to live a prison of insecurity and a fear of the opinions of others, which, according to Ed Welch, makes “people big and God is small.” In other words, when we let other people determine our self-image and value, we make people our God.

But there is good news. We can be free from the fear of man, and I think that the message this week will help unshackle those chains. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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