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Finding Acceptance

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If you were to ask a group of young people what they wanted most from their peers, you'd probably get a variety of different answers.

Some may say love, or support, or maybe even respect. But what all those boil down to is acceptance. 

We all want to feel accepted by the people around us. We want to be validated and be a part of the crowd.

So we may do and say things that we normally wouldn't. Because if we say and do those things, then the people around us will accept us.

But why do we crave the acceptance of others? Why do we crave feeling validated by someone who is in the same state of humanity as we are?

Human acceptance will never be enough. We'll only keep living the people-pleasing life that is shallow and based on other people. We will never find true joy from that kind of life.

But, God offers us something different. Something that is far more satisfying than the life of people-pleasing.

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." ~Matthew 11:28 kjv

Through Jesus Christ, we can be made accepted in God's sight. Unlike the people-pleasing life of doing all the right things to be accepted, Jesus tells us to come as we are. 

Jesus lived the perfect life that we can't, and if we only accept what He did for us on the cross, we can be accepted one day into Heaven when we die.

Stop trying to be accepted by the people around you, for their acceptance won't matter in eternity.

Instead, seek to be accepted by God - not by doing good works, going to church, or being baptized - but by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as you Savior. 

I promise you'll never regret that decision.

<3 ashley

If you have questions about what it means to accept Jesus into your heart, I or any of the other girls from this blog would be more than happy to talk with you about it!

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  1. Ashley great post! That really hit home for me. Sometimes I find myself wanting others to accept me and me them and I find myself looking to other's for help sometimes instand of looking to God for the answers. I know we all do sometime but we just need to trust God and ask Him for help instead of others.

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    1. Yes, I think this is something that we all struggle with. I will seek acceptance from others without even thinking about it! But I'm so glad that I don't need others acceptance; only God's which is freely given <3 So glad you liked this post, Naomi!

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  2. Thanks girl! It is so true too,😊

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