Walk Your Own Path
Or should I say, you gotta follow the path that God has laid out for YOU.
A lot of us have friends and family telling us to go here or do this. Saying you should go to this school or get this job. While they may not have bad intentions, you gotta make sure you’re walking out YOUR calling. If you let every outside voice dictate your life, then you’ll have a lot of trouble feeling truly happy and fulfilled. It’s easy to fall into that peer pressure, that’s why you have to spend time on your own praying and figuring out what it is that you want to do.
You shouldn’t have to agree with everything your friend says for them to like you, you should be able to make your own decisions. If they don’t respect your decisions, then you move forward without them. That part is the most painful because you got close with that person. But sometimes we get too close, and they start editing our path. They may think they know what’s best for you, but in reality they can’t see what God sees. God has a plan for you, and to live that plan you’ll have to make sacrifices.
Your path won’t always align perfectly with those around you. But if you both know and understand that, then you guys will be fine. But there may be a time when you have to have an uncomfortable conversation with someone. It can be scary to bring it up at first, but once you get past that and just let out how you feel, you will feel so much better and you will see things so much clearer. If this person flips out and turns on you then you just saw their true colors and dodged a bullet. I’ve been in situations like this where I said how I felt and the other person turned completely hostile towards me and genuinely threatened me. I realized then that he never really knew me and I never really knew him. On the bright side, if they’re really your friend, they’ll understand and respect your decisions, however that may look.
You don’t have to turn your back on the world to walk your own path, but when you do walk your own path, you will lose some friends along the way. That’s just part of it. You can’t please everybody. Jesus lost a lot of disciples and friends during His time on Earth. Lots of those disciples were people He broke bread with at the dinner table, people He considered His brothers and sisters.
This can also happen in romantic relationships. There have been times where I compromised who I was, just to be with someone. They “supported” my dreams, but sometimes I wonder if they really did. Because all she wanted to do was party, and I got sucked into that lifestyle. It was turning me into a different person, and I didn’t like it. Eventually the relationship didn’t work out, and it took me a long time to get back on track. The point of this story is, some people may support you with their words, but their actions say otherwise.
This is why you can’t be a yes man, or woman. You have to stand firm in your beliefs and in your dreams. Don’t let anybody else who doesn’t truly have your best interests at heart pull you away from your calling. It’s happened to me multiple times, it’s like a train getting derailed. But as long as you have breath in your lungs you can get back on those tracks and move forward again, no matter how old you are, where you are, or what you’ve done. So walk your on path.t
This has been WOAHDANIEL with EYEZ OPEN AUDIO. Have a blessed day.