“Father, free my foolish heart from believing I need the approval of people when you, the thrice holy God of eternity, greatly delights in me” (Scotty Smith).
Let’s just pause right there. Give yourself enough time to let these words soak into your skin and penetrate the very marrow of your bones.
Sometimes you crave the approval of others and chase people’s affections, making a fool of yourself in the process. You spend so much time morphing into what you think everyone else wants you to be that you forget how to be you.
Maybe right now the person whose approval you need most is you.
You’ve been your own harshest critic. Nothing is ever good enough. Even the best moments are rife with mistakes and flaws.
At the end of the day, you can escape from all the others, but you can never run away from you. All those self-deprecating thoughts follow you wherever you go.
Maybe right at this very moment all you need is to remember that your Abba Father delights in you. Not tolerates. Not likes. Not mildly approves. Delights.
If you could combine every romance in history, every tender affection of parent and child, brother and sister, every love between friends, all the love the world has ever known, it would still fall far short of the love that God has for you.
God loves you that much. He delights in you. Even on days when you felt you did absolutely nothing right and royally pissed everyone off and made a jackass of yourself, God still loves you as much as on those rare magical perfect days.
Just pause right there and let everything else go for a little while. It’ll all still be there in a few moments. And so will your Abba Father.