“The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”
Proverbs 29.25 NKJV
Do not be concerned about what others may think or do or say. Ask yourself one question at every point of decision: “Will this action please God?” Be honest. If it will, then go forth with uncommon confidence and total abandon. Choose to live outside yourself and beyond those around you. Be a leader. Cast your net in “the deep water” (Luke 5.4). Get in over your head. Place yourself in a position where your only option is to trust God. Prepare to suffer for the cause. Take a little abuse for Jesus. You will have detractors. Ignore them and “be a good servant” anyway.