Venture off the Path: Sunday Meditation
If we want to be encouraged in our own individuality and independence, we must sow the same type of freedom and respect into other people’s lives. “Live and let live” should be our motto. There was a time in my life when I was rather narrow-minded, and I well remember judging and rejecting one woman in particular who was a rather unique nonconformist. She dressed eclectically long before it became stylish. She was not rebellious against authority, but she was unpredictable and determined to live her own life. This made her sort of like the wind – you never knew exactly what to expect. That bothered me, because in those days I was more of a legalist. Everything had to be one way – usually my way.
I look back now and think I probably missed out on a great relationship with someone who could have nurtured freedom in me. But, like many people, I was fearful of living outside the norm.
If you are tired of living on the beaten path that everyone else walks, venture into the woods. Some people would be afraid they would get lost, but a confident woman expects to have a new experience that might be outrageously wonderful.
This is exactly what I did as I began to gain confidence in myself and my abilities. I asked myself who says it has to be this way? Just because everyone else thinks this, that doesn’t mean its right, does it?
Lord, help me to see beyond my narrow limitations for people. I want to see what You see in them, but I’ll never see it without Your touch. Amen