How do you find your value, your self-worth and your purpose? Do you find yourself constantly striving for acceptance and approval? As Christians, we need to be keenly aware of how much this world has an affect on how we think and how we act. Are we chasing after the wind, constantly trying to win the approval of man or are we finding our worth in God and his values? The world says we are a success if we have the latest fall clothing trends, granite in our kitchen and a good-looking man in our life.
The world says we are not as worthy when we struggle to make ends meet, deal with addiction, have trouble losing our baby weight or use hand me downs on our kids.
The reality is that often times we run day after day seeking the approval of everyone around us: the woman at the hair salon, the other moms in a mom's group, our extended families and even our own husbands. The pressure to measure up, put on a good front and be validated by these people can become so much a part of our daily lives that we often times don't even realize we are doing it.
This is why we need to go to God daily. We need to combat the bombardment of worldly messages with God. We need the truth of his Word to sink deep into our souls. We need to hear that we are HIS; that we are loved and that his purposes for us are far greater than looking a certain way or having a Pinterest house. The more and more we fill our minds with God's Word, the less and less we care about what people around us think; the less and less we are chained down to being the person everyone expects us to be.
When we find our worth and approval in what God thinks of us, we find freedom. Freedom from the pressure to be, act, talk and live under the weight of who the world says we should be. Freedom to have confidence being the person God created us to be. Freedom to admit where we struggle and go to God and our fellow believers for support and comfort. Freedom to step out in faith knowing that God not only loves us, but has a wonderfully intricate plan for each of our lives.
The truth is that it takes effort to ignore the world and pick up your Bible each day instead, but there is no other way. There is only one route to freedom and that is Jesus Christ. We'll never overcome the worldly mindset and the pressures we face if we are disconnected from our source of truth. Ladies, we are God's treasured possession, let's get into our Bibles each day and let God remind us of that!
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