For years I have been controlled by what other people thought of me. Over the past few weeks I have enjoyed watching YouTube videos of people dancing up stairs. I had a notion to try this myself but wondered what others would think of a 60 year-old-woman dancing up a set of stairs.
Because of my fear, I hesitated doing it.
I was trapped in a mindset of “not being good enough.” I was caught in the comparison trap and was controlled by what other people might think.
Proverbs 29:25 tells us that “the fear of man is a snare.” It traps you and stops you from being who God created you to be.
We have to quit worrying about what others think, because God accepts us just the way we are and we need to accept ourselves. Each one of us is created with our own unique design and expression.
We were recently in Galveston, Texas and I saw some stairs going down to the ocean. In that moment, I wanted to dance up those stairs. I didn’t care that I was over sixty and I didn’t care what other people thought.
My daughter was with me on the beach and she videoed my dance and we laughed afterwards.
It didn’t matter that it wasn’t perfect and when I stumbled at the top of the stairs, I just made it part of the dance.
I posted this on YouTube and will probably post it on Facebook and if I am brave enough, Instagram!
It’s been a journey to get to this point. We must stop being controlled by what other people think. Only then can we truly embrace the future God has for us.
The bravest thing we can do is to begin stepping out of our fears. Step by step we will become braver and stronger than we ever thought possible.
“The fear of man brings a snare. But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” (Proverbs 29:25)