We can easily get caught up in what everyone else is saying and doing. Or what a minor fraction of people we want to please are saying and doing. Because the crowd is always loud.
The opinions of the crowd can be like a mighty river. They can snatch us and take us far away from where we thought we’d ever go.
Now, when we find ourselves in that unfamiliar fate, we realise that the river has no power to take us back. Yet, if we’re still alive, we can embarrassingly gather enough energy to find our way out, or we can capitulate to the whims of fate.
When we realise that we made wrong decisions that brought us to the wrong path, we might be afraid to stop and go back. But, it is better we stop at that point to make a detour. It is better to lose something we can recover than to lose ourselves.
Nonetheless, we can shirk the allure of the crowd. We can stop and ask ourselves, “does this give glory to God? Is this in harmony with God’s will? Is it aligned with my goals? Is it valuable? Does this reflect my principles? Will this rob my integrity and values? Then we can adjust accordingly.
Child of God, beware of deception. Some loud voices might sound too familiar and authentic but in truth, they are self — serving and misleading.
Does the voice you’re hearing truly love you? Does that voice tell you pure truth even when that truth is hurting? Or does it speak cynical truth to please and too soon get you into trouble? And abandon you!
The book of Psalms points out the two categories of people, the godly and the ungodly. The fate of the godly is eternal blessings while that of the ungodly is eternal damnation.
“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful, But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither, And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalms 1:1–6.
Beloved, when a great majority are doing things out of hatred, bitterness, pride, anger…as believers, we can be the difference by emulating Jesus. God wants us to do all things out of love. Don’t allow the crowd and situations change you, you’re a child of God!
When the whole world loses its mind, don’t flow with the majority, let your faith remain rock solid. Be rooted and grounded in God’s love. Let others wonder how on earth you are so peaceful when everything is chaotic. Because you are in the world but not of the world. (John 17:14).
“For all that is in the world— the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16.
Questions to consider
- Who is your role model?
- Is your role model leading or misleading you?
- Will you accept incentives, rewards or bribes to say or do what you know is wrong?
God bless you abundantly!