Grace Tribe – we can know who we are and still struggle at times with who others think we are, can’t we?
Once someone has an idea about you – right or wrong – they will judge everything from you in the light of that assumption. Everything will reinforce what they already believe until and unless something dramatically brings them into conflict with that pre-conceived idea.
Here’s my suggestion:
Let love prevail. Do not live for or from their perceptions, but let love prevail. Don’t be about changing their mind or winning them over or trying to demonstrate something or fix something or cause something… just solely and completely love them above all else, and let the proverbial chips fall where they may.
God’s got you. He’s got them. If you’re available – sometimes conspicuously available – He might just use you in their life.
…As you let Christ’s love in you prevail.
Let’s encourage one another in it. Plug in, be fueled, overflow…