Well Done | By Jasmine Beard

“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Mmm, don’t those words sound so good?

How I long to hear those words from God one day.

All of my life I have actually longed for those words. My love language is words of affirmation. I have written ever since I could remember. I began writing songs at the age of six or seven and began to write poetry in junior high. In high school and college, I wrote newspaper articles and speeches, and now I am blogging.

Words have always been my thing. Still to this day, I feel as though I am better able to communicate my heart and emotions through written words instead of through a simple conversation.

Growing up, I received words of affirmation a lot for my physical appearance and talents. I would thrive off of those words.The funny thing is when words means a lot to you they have the power to not only build you up, but to tear you down if you allow them to.

It wasn’t until I was no longer receiving an “atta girl” that I realized that my self esteem was as fragile as a tree limb after a hurricane in the deep woods of Southeast Louisiana.

We should never allow words to make or break us! While there is power of life and death in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), we have to make sure that we are discerning people’s words when they speak to us.

Are their words of constructive criticism or just words of criticism?

Are their words meant to flatter you with no basis of truth behind them?

Are their words because of jealousy or malice intent?

Are their words to build you up and encourage you?

As you can see, there are varying layers behind words when they are spoken. Also, people love to share their opinion. Opinions are not bad, and we are all entitled to have them. However, they are certainly not always necessary for us to share.

We see people's opinions not only when we have a conversation with them, but in their rants posted on Facebook.

If you are not careful, you will be afraid to do anything, say anything that is contrary to someone's beliefs because you allowed someone's opinions and words to have value in your life so much so that you allowed it to change your decisions and possibly even your own view of yourself.

Don’t allow their words to have power over you, your mind, your self-esteem, or self-worth. There is only one voice that we are to strive to please and that is the voice of the Holy Spirit. Parents, pastors, spouses, and friends are all capable of saying the wrong thing or give the wrong advice, but God never will.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (NIV)

Today, instead of trying to please every single voice in your head, focus on The One who knows you more than anyone else in the world. He knows your heart, your motives, and the plans He has for you.

Seek His voice, seek His approval and at the end of this race we call life, you will hear Him say, “well done”.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” Matthew 25:21 (ESV)

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