It sounds so noble…and yet, I’m sure we all agree, it’s way easier said than done! In fact, if I’m totally honest, I actually like it when others notice me. I want others to think I’m wonderful and to compliment me and to make me feel good about myself.
Wait. Maybe that’s where the problem is. I try to find my self-worth in other’s opinions, instead of finding them in God. Think about it…how many times have you said or done something, just so that someone would notice you for it? How often have you compromised your values or not spoken up, just because of someone’s opinion? And (this one really stings), how many times have you “put on a mask” or, covered up your authentic self, just to be accepted?
Now, it’s not bad to want others to like and appreciate us. Within every person is the desire to be loved and feel valuable. However, it’s when we begin to crave man’s attention over God’s, that we fall into trouble. The moment something or someone other than God becomes #1 in your life, is like a gigantic warning sign.
We were created for something bigger and better than what the world, and people in general, can offer us. Why then, do we often end up seeking acceptance from the world and mere man?
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”~ Galatians 1:10
Again, I’m not saying we shouldn’t listen and learn from other’s opinions or that it’s wrong to desire attention. What I AM saying, is that, in order to change the world, we need to be different than it. Whether you like it or not, the world really is like a stage– people are watching and listening. Therefore, in order to lead others to Christ, we need to be pointing to Him–in everything we do.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”~ Matthew 5:16
How does one do that? By choosing to live for an Audience of One.
Who’s approval are you seeking right now? How can you live for an Audience of One?