No matter who you are, what you do, what you look like, what you wear, what you say, what you believe or how much money is in your bank account…

People will judge you.

The one perfect man to walk the Earth was even judged and condemned by sinners like us.

My point is that if we’re seeking man’s acceptance we will never get it.

For most of my life I chased after approval from others. I had to look just the right way, say the right things, and get the right grades…basically do all the things I thought would get me accepted by everyone.

And I do mean everyone. I’m the type of person that can’t stand it if someone doesn’t like me for whatever reason.

But what I’ve learned is it doesn’t matter how well I “perform” for people. Sooner or later, they will still judge me, talk about me or just plain not understand me.

The same goes for you.

But, the good news is all of that means NOTHING. Start living your life to please God, and you will find acceptance like never before. You will have the kind of confidence that only God can give.

Case in point:

It’s incredible to me how our weaknesses can be turned into our strengths.

Reporters open themselves up to a world of criticism from the public. We are entrusted with providing people what they need and want to know, but with that privilege we must accept public feedback, whether good or bad.

Along with being a VERY picky eater, I’m also one of the most self-conscious people I know. I’ve struggled with these things (and many more!) since I can remember.

Because of this, journalism was probably one of the worst fields for me to choose.

But, lo and behold, that’s what God had planned for me. And I love every day of it.

Without God, I would NEVER be able to put myself out there as a reporter, let alone write personal blogs. The only way I’m able to do my job confidently is by knowing that God has my back, and that’s all that matters.

As long as we’re doing His will, we cannot fail.

This is not to say we all don’t make mistakes. If you’re thinking, tell me something I don’t know, well here you go: I’m a Leo and I think baseball is the greatest sport ever.

Anyways, back to mistakes.  After looking through every story I’ve ever done I always see not one, but several mistakes. I think about all the ways I could have done better.

But, instead of condemning myself and getting down, I’m thankful to have learned and vow to get better with the next story I’m lucky to be a part of.

No matter how long you’ve been doing your job, there’s always something you can strive to improve.

Learn from mistakes and move on.

Shake off the self-doubt, condemnation and overall negative attitude you might have about yourself and others. Like really, shake it off. You’ll burn some calories.

Wear a quirky outfit. Put on bright lipstick. Talk to a stranger. Don’t get caught into the trap of gossip. Dare to be different. Don’t concern yourself with negative things others say about you. Be concerned with what God says about you.

By seeking God’s approval, you’ll realize that even with all of your flaws, He accepts you. Try to be a better person every day, not for yourself or your fellow man, but for God.

Have a blessed week!