Read: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
Middle school is hard. You’re trying to figure out who you are, figure out how you can be comfortable in your own skin, and figure out where you fit in to the ever-changing social landscape. Most of us couldn’t even be paid enough to ever go back. But, as we get older, as we move on to new seasons of life, we find ourselves trying to fit into new groups - mom groups, work cliques and we sadly realize….middle school is never really over.
We live in a world full of people who demand our attention in order to win their approval. We find ourselves building relationships based on how we can win the respect and affection for others. When we’re surrounded by people who like us, we get to ride an emotional high. But if we build our self-worth on what others think of us, that high comes crashing quickly down as one negative word from someone sends our self-worth spiraling.
Does any of this sound familiar? If these words resonate with you, you might be an approval addict. When Satan convinces us that who we are is determined by the fickle opinion of what others think of us, we dismiss the life-giving power and peace that comes from finding our identity in an unchanging God. Come back Thursday to discover how God can set us free of our approval addiction as we find our true identity in Him.
Pray: God, help me examine myself and my friendships this week. Point on the relationships in my life that I’m finding my self-worth in. Help me realize that my value comes from you and not others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.