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.
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