“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
Are you living in a prison of other people’s concerns, criticisms and preferences?
Only you can be you and do what God has given you to do. It might ruffle feathers. You might break with tradition or expectation. But if that’s the path that you’re on, embrace your assignment. You can be loving and respectful without compromising your calling.
To avoid being cavalier or careless, test your convictions and make sure you’re being productive and not just provocative. If the thing advances the cause, advance the cause. If God is leading you, follow.
You might leave some people behind to follow your convictions. (Hopefully many will follow.) But you can’t swallow your convictions to keep with tradition.
The famous Apostle Paul had a similar dilemma…
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)