By Eryka T. Johnson
And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day. (Gen 1:31 AMP)
For many years, the adversary has told several of you that value is something to be obtained. You know, you have to work for it. Because of that, you have spent countless hours pleasing those around so you can hear words like ‘You are good’ or ‘You are a valuable asset to this organization’.
Let me testify for a moment. I had an awful addiction of people-pleasing. I wanted others to like me and notice just have well I could do things. Yet, it led me down a road of exhaustion and left me feeling inadequate and less capable.
The truth is that value is inherent to who you are. When you were created, God placed His stamp of approval on you which was ‘that was very good’. No need to strive to meet the demands of others to receive their accolades. God has already given them to you.
You may be asking, if value is inherent to who I am, how do I realize it? That is an excellent question. There is a 4-step process that you can walk through to ultimately free yourself from approval addiction and re-connect with your true identity.
Step #1 – Take a good look in the mirror
Step #2 – Yield to repentance and forgiveness
Step #3 – Understand your Entitlements
Step #4 – Get a revelation of purpose
Remember, value is inherent to who you are. You don’t have to work for it.
Eryka T. Johnson