Sometimes I care way to much about what other people think! I’m not saying that we shouldn’t care about what other people think, it’s just that sometimes I let what others think influence me in a way that keeps me from doing I was created to do and keeps me from being who I was created to be!
My being overly concerned about what others think actually gets in the way of my living the productive and satisfying life that I was created for! When I actually take the time to think about it, I find that this attitude can be traced back all the way to my childhood.
A few weeks ago, a friend was going through a tough time thinking about what she was going to do in sharing with a group of people. She was starting to stress over the details. I was looking to encourage my friend and the Spirit shared some advice for me to share with her. This was the advice: “You only need to be concerned with the Audience of One!” Don’t think about or worry about all of the others, what they will think or what they will say!
It’s not easy, but it is true! There is only ONE that we need to be concerned about, and if we live a life that is pleasing to Him, then that is really the only thing that matters! I can tell you from personal experience, when I am living my life to please Him, some will like it and some will not, but that is not my concern, because there is really nothing that I can do about that! Any effort on my part will mess up my being pleasing to Him and just drive me crazy!
I don’t know if you ever have to deal with this kind of challenge or not, but if you do, I encourage you to remember that you have an “Audience Of One” and that is all that really matters!