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I Need Acceptance!

Do you feel pressured about recognition?

Do you feel there is a grave need to succeed in life?

Are you a writer, a doctor, a singer…?

Do you constantly feel the need to be on top of the minds of people when they think of your area of specialization?

I have found myself pushing beyond my limits, in order to meet all the expectations I put up for myself and I have discovered it has been weighing me down.

It appeared as though other people were way ahead of me in what I do, and I wasn’t meeting up.

And so I asked a friend, who is a musician this question:

“Do you ever feel the need to be accepted by the world?
To be recognized for something important?”

Her answer blessed me:

“Sometimes…I do feel the need to be accepted by the world. Probably more when I was getting into the music business in the States. But it became too distracting.

I became very preoccupied with what everyone else thought instead of what God thought. And that preoccupation caused me to make compromises with my faith and my values. I didn’t like it.

In the end, God had to kind of break me away from that and I had to start fresh.

I think everyone has that feeling at times. I just try really hard to remind myself that it’s God’s acceptance that matters. And that he has put wonderful and positive people in my life who accept me the way I am. The way he has created me to be.

So I don’t need the acceptance of everyone else. I live for an audience of One.

Recognition is nice. But it doesn’t last. Eventually people move on to the next thing, the next singer, writer, movie, do-gooder.

God’s love and acceptance is unchanging…it doesn’t waver…it’s not conditional….

Why would I want for anything else?”

I hope it blessed you too.

Ike Amadi.
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Ike Amadi

Author of the book Do Something! I am an advocate of all things #fresh. I want to see you become a #dosomethingperson.

  • Well-said! Live your life for you, not for anyone else. Compare yourself with your goals, not with others’ !

  • thanks, Kemi.

  • Mercy

    It sure did bless me. Thank God am seeing myself as He sees me now.

  • keshi

    Lord please help me to live to please you alone and no one else… Amen!

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