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Approval of God

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.”

1 Thessalonians 4:1

Today, we can let go of our need for approval, of our need to prove ourselves to others, and live our lives to please God. People say stupid things, and I am one of them. So I am going to be gracious when people say stupid things to me, so that when I say stupid things to them, they might let it go. People don’t always give credit for the work we do. That’s okay, too. It hurts, it’s a bummer, but if all we’re living for is the honor of others — the credit of other people — we are living for a stressed out, disappointing life. There is nothing like getting true approval from God. Meditate on the idea that God is saying good things, and God sees the things you do in secret. He sees all the good, and all the evil, and He still loves you, and when you do something (good or evil), it comes back around. So if you did something rotten, just tell someone, and apologize. Get it at the root. And if you’re doing good and nobody is noticing, just trust that it’s going to come around. It will. It always does. It’s going to come around in your relationships, in your business, and can we all just say that we cannot hide our lives from our kids. We can’t hide our lives from our colleagues. And we can’t hide our lives from our friends. If you do good for others, whether they say it or not, they see it. And if you do evil, they see it. So trust that what we do will have a lasting impact on eternity, and don’t worry about getting credit or being insulted or being disrespected or put down. Let it go. Live your life for the approval of the Lord and I promise you will have one of the most joyful lives, and people will think: What can I do to be like her? What can I do to be like him?

Prayer


God, let me do good things for you. Don’t let me be discouraged, but let me focus on your work and to serve the people around me.

Reflection


Have you done something good (or bad) and seen it come back to you?

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