My uncle Don was a big fan of the show Survivor. I was never really interested in it myself, but now that he's passed, it feels really special to watch it with my husband, who also loves the show, and I think of Uncle Don every time.
As you probably know, Survivor is a competition show where people try to survive challenges so they can win money at the end of the season. In one of the recent team challenges, everyone was divided into teams, and everyone - except one person on each team - was blindfolded. And the person who wasn’t blindfolded had to verbally guide their blinded teammates through an obstacle course. Whichever team made it to the end first would win a bonus prize.
And let me tell you...that challenge was exactly what you’d imagine: complete chaos.
The team leaders who could see everything were all trying to yell directions at their teammates at once with things like,
No, no, no!
Turn this way!
Go right! Now left! LEFT!
No! Jump through that thing and then duck under the other thing next to you!
You’re going the WRONG WAY!
There were so many voices all talking at once, the blindfolded teammates felt confused, frustrated, and lost.
Ever felt like you were walking blindfolded through a maze trying to sort through everyone’s opinions and directions?
I know I have. And I know there are others out there too.
Maybe that’s you. Everywhere you turn in the world, there are competing voices giving you instructions - telling you who you are and what you should be doing.
Hearing all those different opinions at once and trying to make everyone happy leaves you feeling confused, frustrated, and lost.
What if there was just ONE voice you needed to listen to? Just ONE voice that truly mattered?
Wouldn’t that make things so much easier? You could navigate the maze of life and ignore any voice didn’t agree with that one.
Is the one voice that truly matters...just your own?
Well...let me ask you this:
Have you ever led yourself down the wrong path? Have you ever believed lies about yourself?
Yeah, me too.
We’re only human, right?
So...whose voice matters more than anyone else’s?
Well, it would have to be someone outside human limitations…
It would have to be your Creator.
Human opinions of you are only based on guesses and assumptions. The Grand Artist who made you sees your heart. He knows what’s actually true about you. If other people disagree with what he says...then they need to just get on board with him.
And until they do, take their opinions with a grain of salt.
Easier said than done, right? That’s why I got so excited when I came across Beki Beer’s website and online shop. She's been through a lot of hard times, including depression and the loss of a child. She beautifully describes her healing process this way:
The loneliness slowly begins to fade. I climb alongside my companion who blocks the magnetic pull. My strength grows and he begins to whisper truth to my heart. Hope is revived and I begin to see color again. As the feelings come back, I feel overwhelmed by emotion, but he never leaves; through the tears, anger, and frustration he doesn’t reject me. He holds me and allows me to feel, in a safe space, there is no judgment in his arms. I feel myself being lifted higher and higher out of the pit of despair, and I have my fight back - my determination not to be sucked back down. I have been rescued.
With God being so kind and reliable, why would we waste any more energy and time listening to everyone else’s opinions and trying to make them happy?
If you’re feeling confused, frustrated, and lost, lean into your Creator and let his words be the loudest in your life.
For more ways to fill up on truth, check out Beki’s shop & mentoring program, as well as my own online gift shop.
Hi, I’m Kendall! I'm a freelance proofreader and social media graphics creator. My goal for this blog is to highlight the lives of our neighbors both far and near to inspire others to use their own unique talents to help make the world a better place.