Okay, it’s Monday, not Sunday. But we can all look past that, can’t we? I desperately hope that one day I won’t start off all my blog posts talking about being busy, but today is not that day. I meant to write this post yesterday, but I just didn’t have the time. Sundays are a busy day for me, which actually brings me to the whole point of this post…
Sunday mornings are generally the only day of the week where I can sleep in. Between work and school, I wake up generally quite early and in addition to that, I don’t get home until later in the evening. Which, admittedly, sometimes makes it hard to want to get out of bed to go to church. I usually groan to myself about having to put, “real people clothes” on. But I’ll tell you something else, I have never, EVER, regretted going to church once I got there.
This Sunday’s sermon we had a guest speaker, which is always exciting. The major theme of the sermon was the importance of not letting our search for approval from others dictate our life. If we constantly are seeking approval from others, we never will be truly happy. Some people, no matter how hard we try, will never be proud of us. This is through no fault of our own, so we need to stop using it as a way to judge ourselves. Instead, we need to focus on ways to make ourselves feel successful and with that, to focus on what we think would make God happy. In the grand scheme of things, what others think is truly not important at all.
This really hit home with me because WOW do I have a hard time not seeking other people’s approval. I’m currently pursuing a major in creative writing, so I write, A LOT. Which means that my writing is critiqued, A LOT. I have the hardest time not basing my opinion of my own work based on what other people think. There could be a line that I wrote that I absolutely love, but then one person will say they dislike it and I immediately am ready to scrap it. Why is that? I, like many other people, want the approval of others. As I get older I get less concerned what people think of me, but it’s definitely still have my moments.
This sermon, however, really put things into perspective for me. I want to try and change my way of viewing life after hearing this sermon. I’m going to make a conscious effort to view my accomplishments through God’s eyes — would he be proud of what I’m doing? Am I being kind to others? Myself? Doing my best? These are the important things to me and I think they are things that I can do that will make me feel like I’m making God proud.
Hope this Sunday wisdom inspires y’all, even if it is a Monday. Ha!