I was doing some reading for class last night and came across this quote - it's from a psychologist named Eric Fromm... "The deep need of man is the need to overcome separateness, to leave the prison of his aloneness." Even non-believers recognize that we have a deep need to feel affirmed - the thing we have to get ahold of though, is that conforming to a group, or to what others what from us - will not fully provide the security we are so desparately seeking. ONLY GOD CAN PROVIDE THAT - whether that be through His people, His Word, His Spirit...notice these are all of HIM! Turning to someone else for what ONLY GOD CAN PROVIDE is a direct result of our believing one of Satan's biggest lies - that our self worth (or how we feel about ourselves) is made up of how we act or perform, and how other people feel about us. How sad it is that we buy into this (myself included!) and miss out on experiencing the incredible, accepting, unconditional love of our Father, our Abba!
My prayer for all of us is that we will seek the approval of God as the basis of our self-worth. That we will overcome Satan's stupid lies and begin to value the CONTSTANT, unwavering approval of GOD over the conditional, changing approval of man!!