Isn’t it weird that as we grow older, the less and less people matters? I mean, when we were kids, it’s like everyone is our friend. We have friends from school, friends in the neighborhood, friends from church and friends from the Art club. But notice that as we age, these “friends” suddenly just become acquaintances, some even become strangers to us. We are usually left with just one or two of our closest best friends from second grade.
Over the years, I have realized that our relationships with other people diminish. Whether it is because of busyness, separation in geography or just because we have grown out of each other’s interests, there is no permanent friendship in this life. Our loved ones even don’t forever stay by our side, not our kids and not our husband/wife.
It comes so easy for us to always want to be approved by our family, friends, bosses, etc. And why not? We want to do things that will make them happy. But reading the Bible a few days back, I have really struggled about the thought of seeking another person’s approval.We all have been there. I was the person who didn’t want to make anybody feel as though they cannot depend on me and I do believe that many of us are like that. Before, I had made choices that would be disobedience to God just because I wanted people to approve of me. We don’t want to disappoint someone so despite being sick, we get up and go. We don’t want to come off like a drag so we just go with the flow or we don’t want to be thought off as such and such so we just follow the crowd. I, in no means, am saying that we shouldn’t serve and love people but I believe we should set our highest goal of pleasing and seeking the approval of none other else than God.
This will most likely not come easy. When Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26), I seriously was very overwhelmed. Now that I have experienced some opposition regarding the matter, it is a great reminder to me that God’s approval is what matters. Now, I don’t want to do anything that would be disobedience to God despite people being mad at me or mocking me.
It is very likely that our families, friends, bosses, the neighbor especially if they are not of the faith to be against us at some point, but are we prepared to stick to pleasing God at the end of the day? It is very comforting to talk it out with God. Jesus said that as Christians we should have counted the cost even before following Him. I honestly believe with my whole heart that the struggles I may be having now would never in a million years suffice as a payment in lieu to what God has given up for me. Let us stay strong in the faith. Jesus said to take heart because He has overcome the world.
Stay blessed everyone! ^_^