I learnt I lesson from my daughter yesterday. At the age of 4 she really does not give much thought to what other people think of her – she is secure and has no self-esteem issues at all. I lost a discussion about whether it was appropriate to wear a princess dress to church or not – in my negotiations (yes, I went wrong by even trying to negotiate with a 4-year-old) I asked if people might not laugh at her wearing dress up to church. She declared that if they do her little brother will just bite their toes (He is very good a biting toes!) So, clad in a full length glittery gown, Jenny twirled her way through church and Sunday school. As we were driving home she turned to me and said: Mummy, you were wrong. Nobody laughed – they all thought I was gorgeous.
I was wrong – often we do too much and base our decisions on what other people may say or think.
I wonder how much twirling I have missed out on for fear of other’s comments. Yet there is only one person whose opinion really counts – the One who made me, the One in Whose image I am created. He says this:
Psalm 45:10-11 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. 11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
We launched an update on our church website this week and I was not thrilled by the photo of me – too silly a smile! But Jenny declared it beautiful as it was just like her mummy.
It can be hard to not think too much about what other people may say or think – although half the time it is only our own thoughts we are thinking. Eleanor Roosevelt famously said: “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
So this week I chose to listen to the opinion of the one who created me and to twirl a bit through my days- to let God’s voice be louder in my life than those around me or in my own thoughts. Will you twirl with me this week?