Galatians 1:10 ESV
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.
*You would be surprised to know how many times in a day we are after approval...We seek approval from our performances at work, from our friends or family when we ask for advice, or even within ourselves when look in the mirror or compare our current state to our past. Regardless of the measures in which you may do this, it is an act of wanting to feel justified by any means that you prefer to make yourself feel better. However, ask yourself why the opinion of others matters to you...Even more so, what effort are you willing to put forth to receive their approval? Now, is that effort more then the effort you put forth towards God? Does His opinion even matter to us, or is it tossed to the side due to your lack of connecting or desiring Him? Everything we do and say carries a reason behind it, but does that reason line up with God's thoughts of you or plans for you? Today, let's pray we each become more focused on the goal God has set for us (Philippians 3:15-16) and the plans He has for our lives...AND LESS focused on seeking short-term approval from others. If we seek God first, then favor with people will come automatically.