Approval to Be Happy

Too often we base our self-confidence on what other people think, so we work hard at being accepted. We buy things, we wear things, we join things — all just for the benefit of trying to be accepted by our friends, family, co-workers and peers. But God does not say you have to earn acceptance. He loves you unconditionally and accepts you for who you are. Some of you grew up with parents you could not please. No matter what you did it was never, ever good enough. Even today you’re still trying to earn their love and approval. If that’s the case — with your parents or with anyone else you’ve been seeking to please — there are two things you need to know: First, in all likelihood, you’re never going to get that approval or acceptance. Not because of who you are but because of who they are. Second, you don’t need their approval because you are acceptable to God. You don’t need their approval to be happy.