Whose Approval Matters Most

WHOSE APPROVAL MATTERS MOST

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

 

Am I a Perfectionist? Never. My husband certainly is. He spends hours working on something until it is flawless. Me, not so much.

 

I was surprised to learn the degree of perfection I expected from myself while on vacation. Unlike my husband, I don’t aim for everything in my life to be without error. One night, after showering in our hotel room, I discovered a small pool of water in the floor. I was on the third floor. A phone call from the front desk confirmed my fear that water was now leaking through the ceiling of the room below. How did I make such a stupid mistake? I offered reimbursement to the desk clerk. She reassured me that all was well. The next morning I tried to reach the manager to offer compensation. “Don’t worry about it” was the response.

 

They were great about it, but why did it bother me so much? What is more important: the approval of the hotel management staff or approval from God? What if their response had been negative? From God’s perspective, it was like crying over spilt milk.

 

Tonight, I did it again. This time, I burned a pot of green beans. Really? How did I do that? Once again, I failed to achieve a simple goal. Only One who walked this earth was completely perfect – Jesus Christ. However, lacking perfection does not equal lacking potential.

 

Jesus doesn’t want us spouting negativity to ourselves every time we mess up. He loves us unconditionally, with our blemishes and spots. Instead of focusing on this world’s approval, we should concentrate on the approval of our Savior. He died for us because He desired to wash us clean by His precious blood. Prayerfully consider whose approval you seek today.

 

Lord, help me always seek Your approval rather than that of the world. Cleanse me from sin and from the condescending thoughts I spout toward myself. Help me see the potential You have tucked inside me. Amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Jeremiah 31:3 and Romans 5:8.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle with reaching perfection in some areas of your life? There are enough people who will speak down to you. It is not healthy to inflict low blows to yourself, a child of the King. Remember who you are in Christ.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

WHOSE APPROVAL MATTERS MOST

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

 

Am I a Perfectionist? Never. My husband certainly is. He spends hours working on something until it is flawless. Me, not so much.

 

I was surprised to learn the degree of perfection I expected from myself while on vacation. Unlike my husband, I don’t aim for everything in my life to be without error. One night, after showering in our hotel room, I discovered a small pool of water in the floor. I was on the third floor. A phone call from the front desk confirmed my fear that water was now leaking through the ceiling of the room below. How did I make such a stupid mistake? I offered reimbursement to the desk clerk. She reassured me that all was well. The next morning I tried to reach the manager to offer compensation. “Don’t worry about it” was the response.

 

They were great about it, but why did it bother me so much? What is more important: the approval of the hotel management staff or approval from God? What if their response had been negative? From God’s perspective, it was like crying over spilt milk.

 

Tonight, I did it again. This time, I burned a pot of green beans. Really? How did I do that? Once again, I failed to achieve a simple goal. Only One who walked this earth was completely perfect – Jesus Christ. However, lacking perfection does not equal lacking potential.

 

Jesus doesn’t want us spouting negativity to ourselves every time we mess up. He loves us unconditionally, with our blemishes and spots. Instead of focusing on this world’s approval, we should concentrate on the approval of our Savior. He died for us because He desired to wash us clean by His precious blood. Prayerfully consider whose approval you seek today.

 

Lord, help me always seek Your approval rather than that of the world. Cleanse me from sin and from the condescending thoughts I spout toward myself. Help me see the potential You have tucked inside me. Amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Jeremiah 31:3 and Romans 5:8.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle with reaching perfection in some areas of your life? There are enough people who will speak down to you. It is not healthy to inflict low blows to yourself, a child of the King. Remember who you are in Christ.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

WHOSE APPROVAL MATTERS MOST

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

 

Am I a Perfectionist? Never. My husband certainly is. He spends hours working on something until it is flawless. Me, not so much.

 

I was surprised to learn the degree of perfection I expected from myself while on vacation. Unlike my husband, I don’t aim for everything in my life to be without error. One night, after showering in our hotel room, I discovered a small pool of water in the floor. I was on the third floor. A phone call from the front desk confirmed my fear that water was now leaking through the ceiling of the room below. How did I make such a stupid mistake? I offered reimbursement to the desk clerk. She reassured me that all was well. The next morning I tried to reach the manager to offer compensation. “Don’t worry about it” was the response.

 

They were great about it, but why did it bother me so much? What is more important: the approval of the hotel management staff or approval from God? What if their response had been negative? From God’s perspective, it was like crying over spilt milk.

 

Tonight, I did it again. This time, I burned a pot of green beans. Really? How did I do that? Once again, I failed to achieve a simple goal. Only One who walked this earth was completely perfect – Jesus Christ. However, lacking perfection does not equal lacking potential.

 

Jesus doesn’t want us spouting negativity to ourselves every time we mess up. He loves us unconditionally, with our blemishes and spots. Instead of focusing on this world’s approval, we should concentrate on the approval of our Savior. He died for us because He desired to wash us clean by His precious blood. Prayerfully consider whose approval you seek today.

 

Lord, help me always seek Your approval rather than that of the world. Cleanse me from sin and from the condescending thoughts I spout toward myself. Help me see the potential You have tucked inside me. Amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Jeremiah 31:3 and Romans 5:8.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle with reaching perfection in some areas of your life? There are enough people who will speak down to you. It is not healthy to inflict low blows to yourself, a child of the King. Remember who you are in Christ.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

WHOSE APPROVAL MATTERS MOST

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

 

Am I a Perfectionist? Never. My husband certainly is. He spends hours working on something until it is flawless. Me, not so much.

 

I was surprised to learn the degree of perfection I expected from myself while on vacation. Unlike my husband, I don’t aim for everything in my life to be without error. One night, after showering in our hotel room, I discovered a small pool of water in the floor. I was on the third floor. A phone call from the front desk confirmed my fear that water was now leaking through the ceiling of the room below. How did I make such a stupid mistake? I offered reimbursement to the desk clerk. She reassured me that all was well. The next morning I tried to reach the manager to offer compensation. “Don’t worry about it” was the response.

 

They were great about it, but why did it bother me so much? What is more important: the approval of the hotel management staff or approval from God? What if their response had been negative? From God’s perspective, it was like crying over spilt milk.

 

Tonight, I did it again. This time, I burned a pot of green beans. Really? How did I do that? Once again, I failed to achieve a simple goal. Only One who walked this earth was completely perfect – Jesus Christ. However, lacking perfection does not equal lacking potential.

 

Jesus doesn’t want us spouting negativity to ourselves every time we mess up. He loves us unconditionally, with our blemishes and spots. Instead of focusing on this world’s approval, we should concentrate on the approval of our Savior. He died for us because He desired to wash us clean by His precious blood. Prayerfully consider whose approval you seek today.

 

Lord, help me always seek Your approval rather than that of the world. Cleanse me from sin and from the condescending thoughts I spout toward myself. Help me see the potential You have tucked inside me. Amen.

 

DIG DEEPER

Read Jeremiah 31:3 and Romans 5:8.

 

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle with reaching perfection in some areas of your life? There are enough people who will speak down to you. It is not healthy to inflict low blows to yourself, a child of the King. Remember who you are in Christ.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

WHOSE APPROVAL MATTERS MOST

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV

Am I a Perfectionist? Never. My husband certainly is. He spends hours working on something until it is flawless. Me, not so much.

I was surprised to learn the degree of perfection I expected from myself while on vacation. Unlike my husband, I don’t aim for everything in my life to be without error. One night, after showering in our hotel room, I discovered a small pool of water in the floor. I was on the third floor. A phone call from the front desk confirmed my fear that water was now leaking through the ceiling of the room below. How did I make such a stupid mistake? I offered reimbursement to the desk clerk. She reassured me that all was well. The next morning I tried to reach the manager to offer compensation. “Don’t worry about it” was the response.

They were great about it, but why did it bother me so much? What is more important: the approval of the hotel management staff or approval from God? What if their response had been negative? From God’s perspective, it was like crying over spilt milk.

Tonight, I did it again. This time, I burned a pot of green beans. Really? How did I do that? Once again, I failed to achieve a simple goal. Only One who walked this earth was completely perfect – Jesus Christ. However, lacking perfection does not equal lacking potential.

Jesus doesn’t want us spouting negativity to ourselves every time we mess up. He loves us unconditionally, with our blemishes and spots. Instead of focusing on this world’s approval, we should concentrate on the approval of our Savior. He died for us because He desired to wash us clean by His precious blood. Prayerfully consider whose approval you seek today.

Lord, help me always seek Your approval rather than that of the world. Cleanse me from sin and from the condescending thoughts I spout toward myself. Help me see the potential You have tucked inside me. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Jeremiah 31:3 and Romans 5:8.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Do you struggle with reaching perfection in some areas of your life? There are enough people who will speak down to you. It is not healthy to inflict low blows to yourself, a child of the King. Remember who you are in Christ.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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