Coral’s nails rapidly pounded against the ceramic mug.
The thin taps pinged in the air as I tried to reassure her.
Coral was worried.
In her lap was her performance review and she was terrified of reading it.
Still frantically tapping her fingers, Coral breathed a shuddering sigh.
“I am so worried about he’s going to say.”
Looking at ourselves through the lens of someone else can be crippling.
When another describes who you are, bombastically in a crowd, whispered in a half empty room, or written in a confidential email, we take it with absolute legitimacy.
Because if they are able to give voice to it, then it must not be made up.
It must be true; I am that.
And as a result, our strides regress to crawls.
Stutters start to distort our speech.
And the heart becomes a hostage of hesitancy.
We become afraid to move.
Which is why God wants us to trust Him.
Jesus put value, esteem, and purpose in every single one of us.
We are not just His children or His creation.
We are His masterpiece.
Works of beauty that are cherished more than we will ever know.
Important souls who have much to offer, much to enjoy, and much to do.
Too much joy is found in the existence that God gives.
Which is why the devil uses man’s opinions to keep us from fully living.
You are not that.
You are not what they say.
You are who He says.
The words of people can be louder than the Word of God.
But the Word of God lasts longer and is stronger than the words of people.
In the war of words, the truth always wins out.
Trust the truth; toss the opinion.