As I thought through these comments, it became painfully aware I had allowed man's opinions to rule my heart. In the never ending quest for approval, I had replaced God's truth with man's expectations. The approval of those around me had become an idol in my life.
We all have idols in our lives. I had deluded myself into believing I did not need your approval. The truth is approval is a aphrodite in my search for love and has skewed my truth barometer. Man's opinion of me has become as important and at times more important than God's truth. At a minimum it has clouded the reflection of light shining from God's Word as to how He sees me.
I have allowed man's opinions to rule my heart and mind instead of God's sure promises. The beauty of how He faithfully, unfailingly, and immeasurably loves me has been laid aside in a vain attempt to seek man's favor. Man's favor is fleeting---God's love is eternal.
SO--thank you for the wake up call---and from this day forward---I will look to God for approval--and seek to please Him--and only Him. The beauty is that---by seeking to please Him---I strongly suspect you will be pleased also.
Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
II Corinthians 5:9