Is life worth the risk of being misunderstood?

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If you want to find real security and true significance, you’ll need to take your need to appear favourably to others to an alter and sacrifice it.

You can’t do anything eternally meaningful if you’re concerned about the way you appear.

It’s not just doing things incorrectly that loses us admirers. Even the good things that we do can be misunderstood.

In fact, I’m becoming increasingly convinced that doing truly important things and working for change and transformation will often lead to you being misunderstood. For to truly change things, you must sometimes ignore things that others are enamoured with and address things that others ignore or think are irrelevant.

“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” — 1 Samuel 16:7

The truth of this oft quoted verse might always have trouble making its way out of the smaller brooks and into the mainstream.

The Lord looks at the heart, not just because he’s the Lord, but because the heart is what matters. Maybe it goes without saying but… the Lord’s not dumb. He knows what not to waste his time with. He knows what is irrelevant. The outward appearance — literally the way someone appears — doesn’t even attract the attention of God.

It’s exceptionally difficult to follow God on this one. It’s very difficult to stop considering the way other people appear and so judging them, and it’s even more difficult to stop considering what others think about us and the way we appear.

This one’s not hard to figure out. The choice is clear: Sacrifice your need to appear favourably to others and live — or don’t.


Hi, I’m Michael and this is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is Dose #115.

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