Do you sometimes find yourself (either consciously or without even knowing it) looking for approval from others? From those you love the most, or even from casual acquaintances? Like it's almost uppermost in your mind as you interact and spend time together with someone? I know I do. It's so easy to get caught up in seeking after approval. Longing to feel validated, important, and of worth.
And we even find ourselves doing the same with God. For as we switch our focus from looking for approval from others to looking for our approval and worth from God, we can adopt an attitude of needing to prove to Him that we are worthy of His love. Thinking that maybe if we do the right things, or say the right words, He will give His approval, and we can then sense His love.
But there is no need to do anything. We just need to be. To belong to Him is to be loved, to be approved of, to be of value. Every single day. Every moment.
"For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty Savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With His love, He will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs."
Thanking Him for reminding me again ... today. Each moment, each breath - I am loved, and valued. Constantly approved of. By our Creator, the One who knows us better than any other, and who loves us more completely than any other. And praying for the same sense of His love and approval to surround you today ...