“Shake It Off”

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It seems like, for awhile there, you couldn’t get on social media without hearing or seeing that phrase. Although, I don’t endorse the song or the artist, that phrase did strike a chord in me. In life, there will always be those who oppose you, your dreams, your calling, or just flat-out don’t like you! It is a lifetime challenge not to let what people say about you or think about you, get to you!

We all have the deep need to be loved and accepted, I believe it is God-given. However, we equally also have the ability to “shake off” the negative words or actions that have been targeted against us, along with the negative emotions that result from those actions. We are created in the “image and likeness” of God, He is the “master” at loving people, who don’t love HIm. He doesn’t allow their words or actions to dictate His response or change His love for them. In other words, He doesn’t let it get to Him or harm Him.

That phrase also reminded me of the story, in Acts 28, where the Apostle Paul was warming himself by a fire and a serpent came out from the fire and struck him on the hand. It goes on to say in verse 5, “…he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.” It is possible, when the enemy strikes at you with negative words & actions through others, that you can merely “shake it off” and suffer no harm from it. That can only be done through knowing the great love and acceptance you have from your Heavenly Father! He gave us that need to be loved, because He is the only one that can completely fill it! His main purpose for creating mankind, in the first place, was to have someone He could lavish His love on.

So, no matter what you have had said or done to you, you like Paul, can “shake it off” and not let it harm your life, as you draw on the immeasurable love from the One who created you, your loving Heavenly Father!

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