The other morning I got this tweet from Ralph - "RT @perrynoble: NEVER allow the voice of those who know you the least to shape you the most!" Needless to say, I have been thinking and pondering it ever since.
Actually I have been wrestling, vehemently with it.
You see, I have this need for approval. I cannot remember a time when I was not seeking someone else's approval about what I was doing. Even those who really did not know me.
That has become more evident to me the older I get. People who really did not have any input into my life have had a major role in how I was being shaped. Decisions I was making, approval I was seeking. How I was being shaped was not born out of these people loving and knowing me, but rather my need for approval.
Wow. I was letting those who did not know my heart, shape me.
So, I am sitting here tonight, asking myself - who knows me? What voice am I letting speak truth to me? Who am I letting shape me?
No easy answers are coming, but light is being shed on what direction I am wanting to go. I thank God for these revelations. I thank Him also for those He places in my life that do know me or will get to know me, so that I can be shaped in His image and His desire for me.
Tonight, these are just some of the thoughts rolling 'round in my head.