You either agree with the opinions or you don't and even if you're happy with your own viewpoint, you open yourself to the possibility that they're actually right and you're therefore getting it wrong.
And isn't it so prevalent in our lives: this possibility that we're not doing things right or as well as we should?
At school the achievement level was set by ticks and crosses and grades. Now there is the estate agent who thinks this house would be perfect for you, the friend who thinks you should wear this to the party, the book that instructs you on how to train your dog. We have expectations of ourselves, standards for what it means to be a good mother, wife, cook, home maker, employee.
So we fail, or we might be failing, because a lot of the time we just don't know if we're doing OK or not. And we fret about work and ironing and making healthy meals and fitting in seeing our friends and struggle with feeling inadequate or guilty about what we do, and don't do, and how we organise and fail to organise our lives.
I love what Marian Vischer says:
It's so true. But because of the cross, we don't have to live like that. We get to rest in Jesus' righteousness instead. In Him having taken the punishment for everything we have ever done and will ever do wrong and giving us His perfect record, His complete acceptance with God instead.
The imperfect food and house and behaviour? We make all our messes, as righteous people. So we can rest - not in clean-house righteousness or any other kind but in the righteousness Jesus has given to us.
When we feel guilty, or sometimes it's not even as strong as guilt, it's just that unease that can wear you all day long like you're its clothing, we can remove it quickly and say: "No! I don't have to feel like that. The cross has me covered."
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Until Easter, we're looking at what the cross has done for us.