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The Only Opinion That Matters

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them … When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."  John 21:20-22 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.The longer I listened to my new acquaintance, the more distressed I became.

I had been savoring a few peaceful moments by myself during a break at a conference when she struck up a conversation. After chatting for a few minutes, we discovered we both struggled with the same health condition. However, we had different ways of addressing the problem. After listening politely while I described my simple approach to the issue, she proceeded to detail her complex, high-tech treatment regimen. She concluded by suggesting I look up her doctor, whose name and contact information she provided.

This woman meant to be helpful, but the interventions she advocated sparked fear. What if I’m not doing enough? What if I have to undergo the same complicated treatments? My thoughts churned like water in the wake of a motor boat. Anxious to regain my tranquility, I said a prayer and did my best to dismiss the conversation.

Not long after this encounter, I read John 21. In an echo of His words to John, I felt God say, If this woman pursues these treatments, what is it to you? You follow me.

What the woman from the conference chose to do didn’t matter. Gently but firmly, God instructed me not to compare myself to others. He wants me to listen to Him alone and follow His unique guidance for my life and health.

As God comforted me with this truth, I felt strengthened to let go of the “what ifs” stirred up by other people’s opinions. And as I chose to trust Him, peace returned.

Don’t let your peace be disturbed by the advice or opinions of others. Anchor yourself in God’s truth. Seek His guidance, receive His assurance, and trust He has a plan just for you.

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Carina Dick

Carina Dick is a life coach, mentor, and writer devoted to helping women live with purpose, pursue their passion, grow in faith, and enjoy their lives. She loves reading, walking in nature, and encouraging others with God’s Word. She lives in Alaska with her husband, Paul, and their two cats, Fritz and Lewis. For encouragement and other resources for vibrant living, visit her at https://www.carinadick.com


  1. This succinct life application account illuminating the advice of Jesus to Peter was exactly what I needed to hear this morning.