Our Universal Need for Approval

Greetings again,


This week I'd like to address another universal need. That is our need for approval.

I have yet to meet anyone who was not motivated to some degree by their need for approval. As children, we seek approval from our parents and other siècle adults. As we grow, we tend to begin seeking approval from friends and peers. For many of us we marry partly because this one person approves of us so wonderfully. Next, we see this pattern come full circle as we seek approval from our children. This need for approval from others is a basic need of life.


Approval will come, we believe, if I can just “be someone.” If I can distinguish myself in some way, then I will be significant enough to catch someone's attention and gain their approval. What is it that will make us significant? The early Greeks believed it came from parentage. You were either born with, or without, it and unable to attaint or lose it. In our culture, we tend to believe more often significance is something to be attained.


Some may lose their health, their relationships, or even their life in the quest to be significant. We will overwork ourselves, over spend our income, forsake our integrity, all in an effort to become significant, to be seen as one who is worthy of approval.


How does Abba meet this need? He declares to us His approval. (Col. 1:22, Rom. 8:1) The approval we have been missing and seeking after, trying to earn, all along was ours! As a gift! Real, eternal, perfectly consistent approval comes from our relationship with Abba. Rest and rejoice in His approval.







Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.


You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”

Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.


What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our  business!


I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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