Before I am anything, I am an individual.
Whatever I bring to my marriage, my children, my career, my relationships, and anything else that I’m apart of all starts with ME. Sometimes I feel that we forget to be an individual first.
If we pull too close to other people then we are limiting ourselves to be the best that we can be. I’m not discouraging closeness with others, but I am encouraging us to keep everything and everyone in its proper place.
We are social creatures so we do need trusting, healthy relationships; but none should be closer to us than Jesus. We need positive role models and people we can look up to, but we should place none higher than Jesus. We should be able to trust others, but we should also trust that they are human and we should trust none more than we trust Jesus.
“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” – Psalm 118:8
In order to be an individual, we must know our priorities. A lack of priorities can lead to chaos in our lives. It’s hard to keep our roles and relationships in order if we haven’t yet put them in their proper place. If we’re not careful then we’ll be who others want us to be as opposed to who God created us to be. Don’t let anyone dictate and direct your life:
Be an individual. Live your life.
Now we do need someone to dictate our life, and that someone is God, and God alone.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust Him, not ourselves. Acknowledge Him, and He will direct. It’s simple, right? Not always. It’s simple to understand, which is a blessing for us. Following God is not rocket science, it’s the day to day that we have to focus on implementing His Word in our lives. We can do it, we just have to focus on it one day at a time.
Don’t pull people closer to you than Jesus. If you do, you’ll only get what people can offer you which is much less than what Jesus has for you.
Don’t sell yourself short. Be an individual.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2