Friday, August 13, 2010

I Just Want Everyone to Like Me

In my Bible Study group this week one of the questions we discussed was this, "In what areas do you struggle with the battle between flesh and spirit?"

This is a tough question because I feel at different times I am struggling with different areas. Then, just before I left home for the church it occurred to me what I struggle with more than anything and it is acceptance.

For two weeks I have gone back to the verse John 15:18 over and over again.

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first."

I am in a new place, trying to fit in and I admit I just really want people to like me. But, my mind keeps going back to this verse.

It is convicting me deeply to live a life worthy of Christ on every occasion. To stand firm in my beliefs and to share the love of Christ. My answer to this question in my study group was, "I struggle with being accepted by the world and receiving affirmation by the world's standards."

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." Matthew 6:19-20

My friend Stef wrote a beautiful post about not searching for affirmation in the numbers we look for. It was a great reminder that the numbers do not matter. It is all about the One.


Wendy Paine Miller said...

I think God wants to knock me over the head with Galatians 1:10 sometimes. "Who am I trying to please, God or man..."

It always convicts in that powerful sword way the Word can.

Love your honesty here.
~ Wendy

Sharon Cohen said...

I've refused to get this honest with myself for a very long time. All I've ever wanted is to be accepted. I never looked at this passage in this way before - I probably have avoided it for as long as I can. I appreciate your post, your courage and your nudge.

Jennifer said...

I think we all struggle with this very issue, to an extent. Thanks for your honesty here, and the reminder that pleasing Him is the most important thing!


Sisterlisa said...

I was just talking about this with a friend the other day. Those who are meant to like you, will. You know why? They'll see Jesus in you. Those who don't...wipe the dust off your feet. You are accepted by our most High God and that's what matters. You are heir to the throne by the blood of Christ. He made you equal heirs with the rest of us..equal. Jesus gave us acceptance, it is ours. We belong because of Him. Never jump through hoops to be day you'll get tired and then discover the hoop jumping was the only reason they accepted you. Been there done that. ((hugs)) See you at Relevant.

Melanie said...

I needed this reminder! I struggle in this area and need to be really focused on this truth. Thank you for this post!

in His precious, unfailing love,
~ ~

HeathahLee said...

Boy, would I like to sit and have a chat with you about this one! I struggle with this, not only on my blog, but with a lot of my relationships. Thanks for this post!