Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Divine approval (#2)

Got some nice supportive comments and emails re: the Mother Teresa entry last week. Thanks everybody!

Here's one in particular that helped a lot:

Hi Laura,

It is refreshing to hear you say -- in effect, anyway -- that institutional approval, as desirable as it may seem to be, is not to be more desirable to you than having God’s approval (when you can’t seem to have both together).

One of Jesus’ statements to his Father before his crucifixion was, “I have given them they word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:14). Of course, the church institution is supposed to be “not of the world” too, but, unfortunately, this hasn’t happened yet.

So some will love you as a sister in Christ, while others may not. You are doing good right where you are, I think.

Another of Jesus’ statements was, “How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” The KJ reads, “from God only” (John 5:44). Having God’s approval is what a person needs – long term – in order to keep on keeping on.

It reminded me of a time when I learned more about divine approval in a workplace situation. I wrote about it here: Divine approval.

Here's another one I wrote called God is Like, about being the "apple of His eye."

It's a glorious fall day here in New England—the air crisp, the breeze gentle, the sunlight glittering. It's the perfect day to feel divine approval—that back to school, shiny red apple feeling. Time to sharpen the pencils and get to work.


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