I’ve been thinking for some time about creating a place to journal my bible studies – and in a larger sense, my spiritual journey as a follower of Christ. At the time of this writing, I don’t intend for this site to serve any purpose other than as that of an outlet for me to articulate my thoughts as I undertake that journey. However, if it adds value for any others on their own journeys, I’m glad of that.
The title of this blog, Finding Approval, is a reference to what is perhaps the defining trait of my personality … that of being an approval seeker. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think that there is anything inherently wrong with desiring the approval of those outside oneself. In fact, I believe that we’re hard-wired to do so. The problem is that I, like most (if not all) people tend to seek that approval from those of the world rather than from my Creator (see Colossians 3:22-25).
If you ever really want to understand this in the most fundamental way, I suggest reading Max Lucado’s children’s book, You Are Special. That book was given to my daughter as a gift from my Aunt and Uncle … and the first time I read it to her, I was absolutely gobsmacked. It was the first time that I realized I cared much more what other people thought of me than what God thought of me … and that I had practically devoted my entire life to trying to impress others.
In any case, I’m now devoted to finding the approval of my heavenly Father. I still fail in this far more often than I succeed, but I intend to keep trying. And for as long as I’m moved to do so, to write about it here.