In this world of ours, I think an important thing to remember is that our life is accountable to God and God alone. The people that we become and the things we do should be based on our relationship with God. We are only responsible for our own actions, and we need to make sure our heart is right.
I think it is a good thing to keep in mind daily that what others may think about a decision or choice we make does not matter. Other’s opinion of us should not influence our choice. What God thinks is what should determine the direction we take.
Reading the Bible, studying teachings, and praying are different ways to know what God wants from us. Sometimes seeking Godly counsel is the path we need to follow to help us along the way.
For those of us with children, it is easy for us to slip into thinking that if our children’s decisions or choices are not the ones that we would make, that it is a reflection of us. We need to realize our children become responsible for themselves as they mature. We try our best to lay the best foundation we can, and then it is up to them how they ultimately live their life. Not having that control is hard for many of us. I need to continually remind myself that I tried my best and that the rest is up to the Lord. As a friend once told me, the Lord deals with each of us in our own way in His own time.
So, remember to base your decisions and live your life by being accountable to God and God alone. And, you are only ultimately responsible for yourself.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” –1 Samuel 16:7