Today, I desperately seek your approval, her approval, and their approval.
I’m scrolling social media; I’m reading your post. I’m searching for likes and loves. I’m hoping for shares, atta girls, and I love you’s. I’m waiting for a text or a call just reminding me I’m loved, and I’m doing a great job at this thing called life.
But why? I know this isn’t right.
I know what the word says about seeking man’s approval above Gods (Galatians 1:10).
I know who’s approval I SHOULD be seeking. Furthermore, this is a struggle God has been graciously working out in me for months. Why is today so hard?
As I write these words, friend, I’m struggling. This isn’t an issue I had last week or last month (although it’s always been a battle).
As I write I’m processing this. I’m praying and seeking God’s answer. I pause and seek HIS approval!
Am I alone in my struggle?
And, just like that, the Lord reminds me of the words I preach so often. Deny yourself.
Cassie, get over yourself! (Those are my words not his.)
Humbling oneself, denying and dying to yourself is how you chase the heart of God. Chasing Jesus is done by getting over yourself!
My issue with approval is really an issue of pride! Ouch!
Remember, I’m writing as the revelation comes. And, it hurts a little!
Pride and humility don’t go together. You are prideful or humble, but you can not be both.
Today, I’m prideful. But, Gods working it out in me. He’s making me aware; he’s molding me and shaping me into the humble human he needs me to be.
The journey won’t be easy, and it’ll take a lot of me getting over myself. But, I believe with my entire heart that God has incredible plans for those who humble themselves before the Lord. For those who seek HIS approval!
Whatever your struggle is today (we all have them) don’t let it rule you. Pause and pray, seek HIM, and he will reveal the parts of you that need surrendered, the parts that need a little fine tuning.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalms 139:23-24CSB
Cassie Downs, formerly of the Ellsinore area, is a speaker, author of Chasing Jesus, a 60 day devotional, and founder of Everyday Jesus Ministry. Connect with Cassie on Facebook, Instagram, or online at cassiedowns.com.