You only have what’s inside of you to give. Don’t force, or exhaust, yourself to give anymore than what you have to give. Do your best!!! Reach for the skies, but don’t push too hard because it may hurt you. Very often I would sing and pick myself apart afterwards. I would judge how I did by how the crowd would respond. For years, I would walk off stage and live in my mind asking “Was that good enough?” Or always finding the person who seemed to be the most uninterested and judging how effective I was.
Sometimes I would spot someone on their phone, walking out, etc. LOL I laugh at myself now because out of hundreds and thousands of people I would spot a handful and say, “It wasn’t good." Do you often pull the negative more than you do the positive? It’s very easy for us to do.Lately, I’ve come to terms with the fact that everything I do, should be as if it’s only me and God. Yes yes yes! Serve people. But keep in mind, people get excited or are often driven by feelings. Feelings fluctuate. This includes us.So, maybe you’re an artist, entrepreneur, teen, wife, husband, mother, etc. no matter how old you are, we all experience these feelings of inadequacy. I want to affirm with you that you have what it takes to be successful within your own right. You’re validation is not determined by the response of people. People change. You do too! A friend once told me, “Find the one person in the crowd who seems the most excited and sing to them like it’s your last chance.”
I want to encourage you to do the same. Who pours into you and loves on you? Who gives you truths that sting but with some honey? I ran with this advice and I feel good about it every time. Find the one who appreciates you the most. But even they may be fickle. So, define success as you grow and by what’s in you. Yes! You’ll have to stretch yourself in life, but let God show you when it’s time for the next level. Don’t dress up your gift. Cultivate it. Stay true to who you are and know that you’re amazingly equipped with the necessary tools, time and grace to be all you can be. If they don’t appreciate it, go where you are appreciated!!
P.S. if they aren’t happy, always leave being able to say “I tried my best” or “I did all I could!”
Scriptures to Consider:
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…