Darkness is unsettling and scary. No one, young or old, wants to be enveloped in its chilling embrace. Everything we understand about it, and attribute to it is negative.
Can anything good come out of the dark?
Boldness is birth in the dark.
The other senses you ignore and under-use become fully functional in the dark.
Light, is made visible and more attractive by darkness.
It is unmistakable in the dark.
Nobody takes light for granted, in the dark.
You may be in dark place of fear, pain, loss, failure, divorce etc. right now, it can be a chance to shine brighter than you have ever shone, and be enviable; a place to refocus and get your priorities right.
‘If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.’
– Lecrae Moore, Unashamed.
This quote is from the introductory chapter of my favorite rap artiste, Lecrae’s audiobook, Unashamed. I gleaned the following from musing on that quote.
Immunity to the crave of people’s acceptance is very difficult to achieve. The lure of fame and popularity is relentless. It is a daunting task to refuse to take the bait. When you are reeled in you are sold for life.
Man’s acceptance is merciless. Let the sorely disappointed lives and crushed spirits it leaves behind in its wake deter you from chasing the wind of fame and popularity. It is self-delusion to think you will fare better.
It is okay to be famous and endorsed. It is an asset. However, do not allow yourself be defined by another’s acceptance of you. People change, our views don’t always remain the same. So what happens when you are stripped of the acceptance by which you have defined yourself?
Immunity from the lure to mold ourselves by people’s acceptance and opinion of us possible. You can do without yearning for people’s acceptance.
To make the most of everyday, for the rest of your life, you must get your identity right. It should not stem from fickle and temporary things.
Have you experienced rejection before? How did you respond to it?
Check out these related posts, Identity (inspired by one of Lecrae’s songs) and I Am.
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