Clothes peg bicycle clips

The other day I was driving home and passed a very old man in a very dapper suit on his bicycle. I had  a small giggle to myself because instead of bicycle clips he had used clothes pegs to keep his trousers from catching in the bicycle chain and becoming dirty. After my little giggle I told myself off and starting thinking about how many things we put off doing because we are too worried about other people opinions. This old guy’s clothes pegs were doing an excellent job and he would certainly arriving looking smart, wherever he was going, even though he wasn’t using the ‘correct’ equipment.

James 2:1 My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. (Message version)

How much of my life do I hold back from living due to fear of other people’s thoughts and reactions? Does the fear of judgement hinder the fullness of the life that Jesus wants us to live?

Galatians 2:6 As for those who seemed to be important–whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance–those men added nothing to my message.

 Help me to not fear the judgement of others are embrace life and God fully.

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