I saw it at the mission where I once served, visible in all forms through the homeless and the hurting.
I see it in young children in the grocery store, vying for their preoccupied parents’ attention.
I’ve witnessed it among adult circles, teenage cliques, and at the workplace.
I’ve lived it–still do some days–and when it gets the best of me, it’s not so pretty.
We each desire to be approved, accepted, validated.
And we’ll do about anything to attain this status.
validated :: approved; confirmed; endorsed; verified
Some of us seek our acceptance and validation in burying ourselves in our work.
Some of us chase it in earning awards, receiving recognition, or achieving a certain status or goal. (This was me for years.)
Some of us pursue it from others… our parents, our spouse, our boss, friends, strangers.
Some of us look for it through the stuff we own and the money we have in the bank.
The thing is, when we seek our validation in any of these, an emptiness follows. It may feel good in the moment, but it’s only temporary.
And when the emptiness overwhelms (which it always eventually does), we continue our quest for validation. Acquiring more stuff. Voluntarily working weekends. Setting a bigger goal. Acting in attention-getting ways. Ending up in another’s arms. Doing “whatever it takes” to feel validated.
Oh, this hunt can be a daunting and dangerous one. One that can send us in million different directions, only to find we’re more empty than before.
There’s good news for us, though. Good news for you and me who desire this status.
We are already validated.
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31b
This precious truth was one that nearly knocked me over when I first learned it. “God is for me? Really?? He’s not upset with me? He’s not disappointed in me?” I felt I had always fallen short with God, but His Words told me differently.
He’s for you, too.
I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8:38-39
My, oh my. Did you catch that?? Nothing can get between us and God’s love. Nothing.
We are already validated… approved, confirmed, endorsed, verified… by God.
Striving can cease. We can exit the hunt. Resting in His love and acceptance sounds pretty good to me right now. Emptiness will disappear, and fulfillment will take its place.
Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. Psalm 37:5-6
There’s no stamp like His stamp of approval. And you already are marked with it. That’s a beautiful truth to celebrate today. I’m glad we get to celebrate it together!
And while we’re celebrating, let’s share this truth with another. We all desire to be validated.
It’s Day 22 of 31 Days #CelebratingWhoYouAre. Thank you so much for stopping by for a few minutes today. It means the world to me! I pray this truth encourages your heart and blesses your soul. If there’s someone you know who could benefit from this truth, by all means, pass it on. Bless you, friend! (Linking this post with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday.)
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