One of the most eye twitching scenarios you come across as a writer, is when you have written something that you think is a masterpiece and your loved ones barely raise an eyebrow to it. Or when you ask them have they read your article on “blah blah blah” and they say, “OH, I didn’t even know you had a blog!” . And your bubble burst like a giant pink bubble gum bubble, that goes all in your hair but you don’t care because you’re so deflated. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. Right?
No. Just me then! Ok, cool. Moving on……
These scenes can be so discouraging. They can even take us to a place of stagnancy if we allow them to. But at the heart of it all, there is something deeper that we may need to address within ourselves that could be giving us a false perception. Our hope for approval may be misplaced. Are we allowing our flesh’s need for approval to rob God of His due glory by waiting for the “At-a-boy” from the people around us?
Let’s get out a journal and ask ourselves these questions…. Who am I performing for? Why do I look for praise from people when I am appointed by God? What areas do I feel like I need approval from man? Am I the one who receives all the glory? These questions may seem somewhat irrelevant to some, but honestly, these things are serious issues that hide away in our hearts. Then expose themselves in prideful bursts every now and then or perhaps on a consistent basis.
“but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who test our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4
Our hearts carry the truth about why we do what we are doing. We have been appointed by ONE, are approved by ONE and we live out obedience for an audience ONE. When we remember who we are serving, He gets the glory and we get the reward. And trust me I totally understand how hard it can be to not look for the pat on the back from loved ones but our Father is always ready with an “At-a-boy” or “At-a-girl” when we are obedient to His call. We can collect our approval from Him.
Today let’s examine our hearts and readjust our perspectives, so that we can look up instead of out as we walk out our obedience.
“Let the one who boasts, boasts in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” 2 Cor. 10:17-18
Have an awesome day peeps!!!!!!