Our youngest son Isaac is busy playing the guitar and singing at the top of his lungs as I write this. He seems undeterred most of the time by the comments regarding his song choice, singing and tendency to play very loudly and just keeps on singing.
Isaac quite simply doesn't care, and that's kind of nice in a world where everyone seems to care a lot about what everyone else thinks or says.
He is quite happy being himself and, in actual fact, is winning others over to his love of old songs, so much so that he now has his older brother singing and playing with him. Playing along together, they still don't seem to care about other people's comments either.
I think Isaac's joy for what he is sharing is contagious. It's his infectious enthusiasm and attitude of "I don't care" about what others may be saying and think that is perhaps something those much older than Isaac could learn from. Especially in a society continually influenced and manipulated by peer pressure, political correctness and the effects of cancel culture.
Isaac reassures me that the world might just be okay if his sharing of what he loves with others is anything to go by. Because it's when we embrace Isaac's "I don't care" stance that we are enabled and strengthened to pursue our unique dreams and goals, rise from disappointments, share our faith, and hold to what is right and true. A resolve of "I don't care" when it is God-focused creates resilience and fortitude within our character and is a light to a world looking for guidance and direction.
Today, I encourage you to hold to those things that are right, pure and true and that help you fulfil your God-given purpose, dreams and goals. If you're not sure what you enjoy or are called to be and do, then spend some time seeking God and exploring the amazing world all around you so you can discover who God has made you to become. And if that at times involves singing 50-year-old John Denver songs at the top of your lungs, like our twelve-year-old son, so be it :)
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice." (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Ephesians 1:10 ESV)
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you know me and have made me unique and special. Please help me embrace all that you have made me and to enjoy the journey. In Jesus Name Amen.