Have you ever let the world’s opinion of you, change the way you see yourself?
From close friends and family members, to co-workers, and teachers, everyone has an opinion these days on who, and what they think others should be.
“You’re a shoe, you’re a shoe,” you have been told all your life, so it must be true right?! To gain and keep their acceptance and favor you must be a shoe!
This concept is best illustrated in an episode from the ever so popular 90’s sitcom Friends. Rachel is in the middle of the kitchen, in her wedding dress, on the phone with her father finally having that lightening bolt moment…
Rachel: Daddy! Daddy listen to me! It’s like all my life everyone’s told me, “You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe!” Well, what if I don’t want to be a shoe? What if I wanna be a purse or a hat? No, I don’t want you to Buy me a hat, I’m saying I AM a hat. It’s a metaphor Daddy!
It’s easy to give into the pressure of what others want you to be, but dangerous to listen to opinions of those who are secretly still very unsure of themselves.
More often then not, it is those who exhibit the most confidence, that are actually the most insecure and unsure.
There is only One who really knows your true purpose, and that is the One who created you.
You will never find your true purpose in life if you give into the pressure to be a shoe because another person convinced you of such.
God’s favor and blessing comes when we choose to be the person he created us to be, not who our friends and family members say we should be.
You should not let outside expectations or pressures keep you from following the passions in your heart. You were created with special gifts for a very specific reason.
Each one of us is on our own unique journey that is different from anyone else on this earth.
Inner peace comes when you discover you don’t have to be a shoe, you really can be a hat, a purse, or even a scarf. Why not try all of them on and see what fits best? Let me know how it goes!