The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 29

Read Proverbs 29

25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
but trusting the Lord means safety.

I fear not being liked.

It feels ridiculous to type that statement out… like I am still in middle school, but it is something I really struggle with (MANY years after middle school).

I am afraid that based on a couple of minutes people will decide I am not worthy of being liked. What if I say something stupid? What if I fumble on my words, can’t find the right ones, or just act awkward? So often, out of fear, I choose to say nothing and avoid interactions. Which sounds like a safe bet, but instead it leaves me worrying people will think I am rude and unfriendly.

It is a trap. I am giving people power they do not and should not have over me. I cannot make everyone like me.

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

My light, my salvation, my security.

If the Lord offers me all of this, why do I look to others to tell me I am worthy of being liked?

Lord, You alone define me. You alone give me worth because I am created in Your image. Because You deemed me worthy to die for. May I need no other affirmation. Amen.

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