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What It Means to Be Accepted
Acceptance. Oof, that’s a strong and very delicate word for us to hear sometimes. This world is broken and it tries to make us feel like we have to be “accepted” and “approved” to fit in this world. It’s easy to want to try to change yourself to fit in with everyone else by following the trends and having the latest and greatest things. Don’t get me wrong, I think some of the trends and styles are super cute like how mom jeans have come back into style and tie dye shirts that are kind of retro, but some of the trends are just “not it” for me and they’re things I wouldn’t want to wear or try.
I think there’s a difference between doing them because YOU love them and doing them because OTHERS say it’s cool and stylish. It’s hard to find freedom when we’re stuck in this place where nothing you wear or say is good enough and you have to work harder to be who you’re not. We can become lonely, depressed, and even anxious. Well let me tell you, there is a place you can be in that gives you confidence and approval! Jesus wants you just as you are! He wants you to be who you’re MADE to be! He isn’t worried if your jeans have enough holes in them or if you have the name-brand shoes.
It says in Romans 15:7 “Accept one another, then as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” When it’s hard for me to feel God’s love, I realize it’s because I’m focused on others around me and what they think, but when I remember him, there’s a peace that surpasses all understanding, and I feel accepted by Him. I feel the most anxious about what others will think when I’m getting ready to go somewhere. These times are the ones that I feel God’s love most.
I remember that God has told me that I am beautiful and special just the way I am and that nothing I can do or where will change that. I also try to ask myself, “do I actually love this outfit, or am I just wearing it because it’s the style and I saw someone wearing this?” I’m not consistent with this, and I still struggle sometimes, but I challenge you to try this! It will help with self-confidence and reassurance. When we become self-conscious of how we look or are being judged, we can always remember, “I’m accepted by the One Eternal King who will never leave my side.”