Flit and Flutter

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Read Proverbs Chapter 26.

“Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.”  Proverbs 26:2 CSB

I’ve waited 26 days to talk about this verse with you.  It is one of my absolute favorite verses in the Bible. Do you know why?  Because it’s talking about what other people think of you. We all worry about what others think.  It’s innate in all of us. But we can’t control what others think of us. In fact, let them think whatever they want to think, because according to this verse: if it ain’t true, it won’t land.

There is someone you do have to worry about though: God.  

Paul, in his letter to the Galatians puts it this way, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10).  Here is the hard truth in this verse, if you’re pleasing God, you probably are not pleasing man. The reason is simple, if you’re doing what God wants you to do, you’re not doing what people want you to do.  But don’t worry, because an undeserved curse has nowhere to land.

C.S. Lewis, in his book “The Great Divorce” said, “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’

It’s up to you.  You can choose to focus on what God thinks or you can choose to focus on what people think.  The choice is yours. Whose opinion matters more to you, God’s or people? That is what it really comes down too.  It is hard not to care what people think about you. If you spend more time worrying about that, you’ll miss out on what God thinks.  What others think won’t stick, but what God thinks, that will change your life.

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