Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like what you post and guest what, it’s fine.
How long do we spend going through various posts or rewriting our words? How long do we spend applying the perfect make up or acquiring the perfect look? Really. How much time do you spend making sure you build a following?
I’ve spoken about this various times before how our concern shouldn’t be about all of this. Sure, we would like tondrawn the attention of like minded people or have our work grow and be known, but to what cost? I was reading Thessalonians 4 and a few verses struck my nerves:
9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
Why did this affect me like so? What does the title imply? The reality or answer I have found is to truly surrender who we think we are. We have established an identity other than what we were called to be. We act like it is the culture and etc but for those who were raised in the 80s, 90s, my generation, did you really need all you had today? Why is it that now, we are returning or trying to bring back a nostalgic feeling, seeing that nothing completes us because we fill it with emptiness, temporary things.
Now sure, some can argue that I am not one to talk, I’ve used social media in the past and have no excuse. I have stated my problems and even have let my weaknesses be shown, but guess what, I didn’t do it for the spotlight but to show I’m human. We have forgotten how it is that we truly connect with people, communication, trust and respect. It is true that our people for the most part, though afraid to admit, has sought something and hold close to a false idea of living. It doesn’t matter if you are in the states or not.
Surrender. It really is that easy, to give up who you think you are or portray and become who you are. To never give up on the dreams you set for yourself before and honestly grow. We over complicate life. We spend hours complaining about our jobs or relationships and instead of seeing we have the power to change it, we let it control us. We don’t surrender our pride, ego, and say enough. This doesn’t mean you are weak. This means you understand your value.
After You surrender is the next calling, never give up. This means that you literally get up, find what you learned, apply it and grow. What keeps holding you back? What are you holding on to? Moving on doesn’t mean you forget it, let go entirely to memories, it means that you know you have to move forward. I’ve debated with these notions many times and the truth is hard to swallow at times but it remains apparent. You must decide, is this the life you want to live? Will you continue to hold on to something that holds you back? Or will you get up and never give up on life and stop being comfortable to the life everyone tells you that you have to live?