You know you’ve heard it on the radio. It’s stuck in your head and you can’t get it out. Maybe you even secretly dance to it when no one is watching. I’m talking about Taylor Swift’s new song Shake It Off. This song has become our morning jam on the ride to school every day this week. I’ve learned that we can play it three times in the drive from our house to the girls’ school. I know I’m dancing in the front seat and I look back and both my girls are rockin’ out in the back. I like it and I enjoy being silly with my girls as we have fun in the car ride to school.
One morning I took the opportunity to explain the lyrics to this song, which has a good message for all of us. I told my kids that there are going to be people in life that don’t like us, maybe even make fun of us for what we wear, what we eat, or maybe some of the things we like. We are all different, but that’s no reason to make fun of others. Just because someone doesn’t like something you do, you should never make fun of them. We may not know everything about that person and we shouldn’t judge others by one thing we see. There is so much more to a person then maybe what you see at school.
But, if you end up being one of those people who gets made fun of, know that it will hurt. No one likes being teased. However, you can remember you are special and are loved by God. Haters are gonna hate, but one thing we need to do is shake it off and realize that God has a special plan for your life. Keep going and don’t let others words get you down. Be thankful you are different. Listen to God. He is with you and won’t ever leave you, even when it seems that everyone else is against you. I hope my kids soaked in some of what I said that morning.
I also thought this song could apply to all of us who work in the ministry. Is it easy to work in the church? Not at all. I can guarantee you that at some point in your life there will be people who do not like you. They won’t like what you do as the Children’s Minister, Youth Minister, Music Minister, Pastor, Administrative Assistant, Volunteer or whatever role you play in the church. They won’t like the lesson you taught, the way you ran an event, what you preached, that song you picked for the worship service, or maybe even how you are dressed. It will hurt, but you should not let what people say keep you from doing what God wants you to do. If you know 100% you are doing what God has called you to do then you must “shake it off”. Don’t let the hurtful words of others stop you from leading the way God intends you to lead. You must “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14.
You are a leader. You have been called to lead the people of God. Not everyone liked Moses, Joshua, Peter, Paul, and even Jesus. Will you mess up? Probably. Will you do things that are great? Yes! Will you do things others don’t like? Most likely. Don’t let what others say bring you down. Forgive them, shake it off, keep cruising, and listen to that voice which you know is God. It’s gonna be alright. Mmmm….