“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.” Psalm 1:1-6 NLT
In early junior high a popular girl came to school wearing socks that did not match. Her friend was cracking jokes. I chimed in, uninvited, of course (I was never invited ) and told her that I safety pin my socks together before throwing them into the wash so I don’t lose them. I just knew I would be in the popular group after my profound advice that day. Wrong! She told me in a hateful way that pinning your socks together is “so INCREDIBLY lazy”. Being the unpopular girl I was I never pinned my socks together again and of course I lost most of them.
I often wonder how many God callings we walk away from. I lost years worth of socks. In the same way we lose years of God opportunity’s all because of an unsuited opinion we value more than our All Knowing Father. That one person you so highly placed on a pedestal tells you that your idea is stupid, silly, impossible, not for you, wrong, weird, too risky, too expensive… go on…fill in the blank. Suddenly you find yourself living every moment for a like or comment on Facebook from the person who carries an attractive title. You stop asking God if He approves and you start living life for the approval of those who don’t know your true value and worth. Be careful whose opinion you allow yourself to be pinned to.
A popular girl whose name I can’t remember and who I haven’t seen since junior high- her opinion left me with years of unmatched socks. Who are you allowing to keep you years behind God’s plan for your life? Start listening to the one who will encourage you to continue pinning those socks together.
PSA: Not all popular girls are like the ones I knew in junior high. I’m simply encouraging you to surround yourself with people who are popular because the way they live their life points you to Jesus!
I also believe Jesus has placed Godly council in each of our lives. Seek those relationships out. These Godly relationships are the ones you can trust to pray with you through tough decisions in life and who will ultimately encourage you to ALWAYS listen to God over all other advice.