Insecurity is rampant. And related to insecurity is anxiety over not gaining approval from people, for our choices, our lifestyles, or ourselves. It seems like the natural human response to crave approval, and if we don’t get it, we tend to feel anxious, sad, and insecure. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that insecurity is a negative energy, and it will only lead to more negativity in our lives unless we become less concerned about seeking approval from others.
Here’s your thought-provoking inspiration for this Saturday…
“There is an epidemic of insecurity in our society today.
Many people are insecure and feel bad about themselves,
which steals their joy and causes major problems
in all their relationships.
Those who have been hurt badly often seek
the approval of others to try to overcome
their feelings of rejection and low self-esteem.
They suffer from those feelings
and use the addiction of approval
to try to remove the pain.
They are miserable if anyone seems to not approve
of them in any way for any reason,
and they are anxious about the disapproval
they feel until they are once again accepted.
They may do almost anything to gain the approval
they feel they have lost–even things
their conscience tells them are wrong.
For example, if a person is met with disapproval…
she might change her plans…just to gain approval.
She compromises herself for the sake of feeling approved.
Remember whose approval you should truly seek–God’s.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
I have been here many times in the past, but thank God, I don’t seem to struggle with worrying about approval from people or to struggle with insecurity as much as I used to. I don’t know if getting older contributes to simply not caring as much what people think of me. Instead, I focus on seeking God’s approval, knowing that places me in secure and right standing before Him and before the people who truly matter.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you struggle with insecurity or seek approval from others?
Have the opinions of others ever made you change your plans so you could meet with their approval?