So as I sat in Sunday school yesterday, we discussed the topic of “coincidence.” It was stating how things don’t just happen by coincidence. I was a strong witness to that this weekend.
On Wednesday night I wrote my most recent blog post “Truth or Lies?” I shared this with my friends and family and that’s as far as it went. On Thursday I discussed with my friend Kayla how I would like to share it with the public but I was afraid. I was afraid that others would think I was taking pride in myself. That I was seeking self-gratification. It would cause people to believe I thought I had this perfect relationship with God. And plus, people wouldn’t read it anyways. So I decided I would keep this to myself. I had recently been praying about Steady Soul and asking God to lead me in where He would have me to take this. Writing has always been a passion that God has placed in my heart, but I wasn’t sure where to go with it. I wanted to share the testimonies and lesson’s God has taught me, but what would people think?
All the negative and doubtful thoughts played in my head that day. On Thursday I received a notification from Kayla stating “READ!!! THIS!!! NOW!!!” “Okay,’ I thought to myself, with this many exclamation points it must be pretty important. I grabbed a blanket, lounged comfy in our love seat and started reading this post.
Do you want me to be honest?
The second you put yourself out there, there’s a good chance people are going to start talking.
I hate that that’s the way it is too, but it is.
It’s the sole reason it took me years to start writing. I knew it was what I was called to do, but I was terrified of what everyone else would say, so I hid. I hid. I ran. I straight-up disobeyed.
I let the fear of other people’s words send me to the bleachers to watch from the sidelines when I was born to play the game.
Would they think I just wanted attention?
Would they think I was into myself?
Would they think I was unqualified to be here?
Would they think I was fake?
Would they this?
Would they that?
OH MY GOSH. WOULD THEY TALK ABOUT ME BEHIND MY BACK?
And probably. I hope not, but probably.
But I’ve had my fair share of doubters. I’ve had my fair share of haters. I’ve had more than my fair share of critics. I’ve been called…well, everything.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had so many beautiful supporters and encouragers and lovers too, and I am spurred on by every single one of them. But we’re people, and the haters tend to be the loudest.
Do I love it?
But will I let it stop me?
Heck to the no.
So to every girl out there wanting to start something new. To every girl out there wanting to step into a new adventure. To every girl out there with a big dream and a bold plan and a voice and a heart and a passion to change the world…
LET THEM TALK.
Let them say whatever they want to say. Let them whisper whatever they want to whisper. Let them talk about you to your face and behind your back and through their group text messages.
I mean, stand up for yourself when you need to. God did not form you to be another person’s doormat, but as long as you know your heart and you know your intentions and you can answer truthfully that your motives are pure—who cares?
LET THEM TALK.
It’s not the critic who counts.
Critics are a dime a dozen, and critics typically speak from either a place of insecurity, arrogance, or extreme boredom, and those words are a shallow vase that can’t hold much value and can’t grow unless you keep pouring water over the top of it. Whatever message they’re trying to send you, it’s not your mail. Return to sender.
It’s not really about you. It’s not really for you. It can’t change who you are or what you’re doing unless you let it.
LET THEM TALK, and my dear friend, as much as I wish it wasn’t this way, they’re probably going to talk.
People with the guts to put themselves out there into the open sometimes walk a lonely, bumpy road.
Sometimes you will get it wrong, stay confident.
Sometimes you will get it right, stay humble.
Sometimes you will receive praises, use them to keep going, but don’t you dare use them to put yourself on a pedestal and lord over others.
Sometimes you will receive judgment, stay the course.
Put your head down and get to work, and get too praying.
They can call you out, but remember that they didn’t call you to this, and they can’t call you from it.
LET THEM TALK, and you keep talking to God and letting him guide your footsteps. His the only voice that counts.
Written by: Amy Weatherly
I sat in stillness, I couldn’t believe what I just read. Was this a dream? How did this Amy Weatherly speak about what I was fearing?! How did this exact message, that I needed get sent directly to me?! This was my answer! God, I hear you! Guys, this was just the message I needed to hear. The doubts, the fears, the negativity, that was Satan! He was busy doing his usual work.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8 NIV
God calls His children to “BE ALERT & SOBER-MINDED.” He calls us to be on the lookout for satan because the enemy is always out there, prowling around. He’s out there busy playing his games of trickery. When we are alert and sober-minded we can be aware of his tricks. He wanted to distract me in my puddle of self-doubt to stop me from giving Glory to God’s Name. He doesn’t want God’s children telling others about our Savior. He wants to do anything he can to stop us. He will cause us to question ourselves, our ability and even question our God given gifts. He will often make us question, “Am i being prideful?” But God knows your heart, we can’t hide from Him.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from a God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” -Hebrews 4:13
So, I did it. I created Steady Soul and I put it out for the public to see. God had given me my answer, now it was up to me rather or not to listen. I chose to trust God in this and believe He will use it all for His Glory no matter what others may think.
God doesn’t work in coincidences guys! It’s so comforting to know God is CONSTANTLY working things in our lives to bring GLORY to His Name! He doesn’t call us to live in fear or to figure life out on our own. He just calls us to listen, be obedient and trust Him with the rest.