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family dog?


So we have a dog, if you want to call her that. She weighs about 11 pounds and is supposed to be a family dog. But that’s not the case. She is my wife’s dog. She is spoiled and finds herself in Kasey’s lap 90% of the time. Sometimes she has a dilemma regarding who she wants to get approval from. The reality is there’s no dilemma at all. She chooses Kasey every time. Meanwhile, I am left in the cold. She doesn’t care about me. It’s as if I don’t exist because I’m irrelevant in her life. Such is the case until Kasey is gone, then it’s all about Pup. I become the person she wants. The fact is she changes whom she seeks approval from moment to moment.

Are we that way? If we are honest about it I think this is one of our biggest problems as a society. One of our biggest idols in our lives is the god of acceptance.

This has been ingrained in the very fiber of our being. In school we wanted to please the peer group that we hung around. We would do almost anything because we wanted to be accepted. Some of those things were the dumbest things in our lives. As adults we might not need the approval of our peers, but that has shifted to the approval of our spouse, children, boss, or any number of people. We spend so much of our time trying to gain other people’s approval. I know I struggle with this on a daily basis.

In Galatians 1:10 we see Paul write “For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God.” The reality of the situation is most of the time I am trying to gain the approval of man, but every time that happens I come up short. I find myself lacking. I get disappointed in myself and it ends up being a hard road.

Even the times I try to seek God’s approval I still come up short, but the difference is He looks at me and is proud. I have never been disappointed when my focus was on Him. So the question of the day is, whom will you serve?

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- Pup

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