This is obviously a tough one to write about because it hits a core need I believe we all have. You can call it whatever you want to call it: being connected, fitting in, having a place to belong, being cared for and the list goes on. The bottom line is we all want to be accepted. I want to be accepted.
I spent hours trying to locate the exact time in my life my acceptance issues began. As much as I tried to figure out the problem on my own, I decided it was time to turn to Scripture to solve my issues. Then I found this:
'This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the Lord.After hours, days, weeks, even months of searching I'm pretty sure I found the problem. The problem that I face with acceptance is I am constantly looking to my left and right for acceptance. For so long I tried to find acceptance from people who could never meet my needs. The people I was looking to be accepted by were also looking to be accepted by other imperfect people.
I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,"
declared the Lord. Jeremiah 31:33,34
I was looking at the things around me to accept me and I fail to look to the God who created me.
Now I wish that I could say every day I remember this truth... but there are days I fail to remember. There are days I fail to remember how much God loves me. I fail to remember that Jesus died on a cross for my sins. I fail to remember that because He died I don't have to look for acceptance from others but that He accepts me for who I am.
My acceptance issues now lay in the hands of a caring God who accepts me for who I am.