I'm an Addict
When do we come to the realization that we're chasing the wrong things?
In my last post, I talked about how we get stuck in the circle of running from ourselves and at the same time chasing ourselves (you'll just have to read it). In this post, I want to talk about something different. And it's all too familiar...
Pretend you're sitting at home and you're on Facebook. Psh…scratch that, you're probably not pretending because most of us are addicted to it! We're constantly checking our smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, and other people's computers to see who's commented on our photos, or liked our status. I'll be honest, I'm guilty of that this week. I used to say I'm not addicted to Facebook, and I wasn't. I was completely content with not being attached to a virtual representation of me. But since I've started pouring myself into writing/blogging, every hour or so I think, "I wonder if anyone has commented on my last post? I wonder how many people have read it?" And it's made me realize an addiction I've had for a long, long time. An addiction to approval.
You see, approval addiction is at our very core. I'd venture to say that most every person on the planet has some sort of addiction to approval. When Adam and Eve covered themselves after eating something they shouldn't have, they knew God wouldn't approve. That's why they covered themselves - to try and hide from his disapproval.
We try our entire lives to be approved by everyone around us: our parents/family, our friends, our coworkers, our classmates, God, the baristas at Starbucks, people on Facebook and Twitter, and the list goes on and on. And we're never satisfied with the level of approval we do get. It's not enough that 5 of your friends "liked" your status...you want all 500 of your friends to like it!
There is a void deep in our soul that longs to be filled. I believe approval is the thing that fills that void, but not the approval we tend to crave and chase. Only God's approval can ultimately satisfy and fulfill us. It's not enough to just have a head knowledge that God "approves of us." You've got to really believe it! When you really believe it, your whole world can be turned upside down.
I heard a message preached by Jason Upton once on "being satisfied." It rocked my world. When we are fully satisfied in Jesus alone, we stop caring what everyone else thinks about us, because it doesn't matter! Who gives a rip if everyone approves of you or not?! Don't be bound by someone else's thoughts of you - be set free by what God thinks of you.
And He thinks you're pretty awesome.