Why Do I Care? When Others' Approval Matters Too Much
by Amy Baker
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It is difficult and sometimes frightening not to have the good opinion of others. No one likes to face the possibility of rejection, humiliation, or opposition. Yet, making our goal others’ approval confines us to a small world where life consists of pleasing others.
Experienced counselor Amy Baker shares that rejection by others is not the whole story. There is a bigger story of God’s love for his people. His love endures forever. His love can be relied upon, while people’s opinions shift and change according to whether or not we are pleasing them. But God, in Christ, is totally pleased with us. His opinion of his dearly loved children will not change. When you remember these truths and replace your anxieties about approval with them, you will be free to live and love in God’s world.
Amy Baker, PhD, is the Ministry Resource Director at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); Director of Counseling for Vision of Hope, a faith-based residential treatment program; Instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition: and the author of Picture Perfect: When Life Doesn't Line Up, Getting to the Heart of Friendships as well as several counseling minibooks. She and her husband Jeff have two children.