How often do we judge others for how well (or not) they live their lives? I know that's something that I work on; I want to show others the grace that I want them to show me. On the other hand, how often do we let others determine our worth? How often do we let their negative comments affect us when they obviously have no idea what we're going through? Here's another quote from Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson:
When you look at your life from the inside of your mess--and apart from God's involvement in your life--your assessment will always be incomplete. And when others toss out their assessments of you based on partial information, their assessments will always be incorrect.
Don't let the reality of your beauty fall underfoot like a used gum wrapper simply because you don't feel or see your worth quite yet. Trust me. Better yet, trust God when He says that you're worth far more than you can even comprehend. And don't give away your power to those who know you either from a distance or through a skewed lens. They only know in part. (p.105)The only Person whose judgement really matters is God. He's the only One who truly knows what each of us is going through and why exactly we're doing what we're doing. As long as we're in His will, it doesn't matter what others think we should be doing. I'm trying to work on this, as well.
What do you think? Do you let others' opinions affect you?