“One of the most important gifts that came my way in those days of misery [removal from ministry], I now realize, was the loss of public approval. … It forcibly separated me–the essential me– from the public’s perception of me. … To learn, not just in my head but in the depths of my being, that I was someone different from and always more than the perception of others was like being in a hot, stuffy room and having the windows thrown open. … [Now] I’m not much impressed with the cheering or overly worried about the jeering. I am who I am thank God. And yes, thank God, because who I am is a child of God, a beloved of God, a man in whom God takes delight. I had known this before, to be sure, but I didn’t know how much I still needed to learn it until I came to the limitations of public approval. Enduring these limitations was something I wouldn’t have wished on my worst enemy; now it’s something that, if not for the dishonor of it, I would covet for my dearest friends.” Donald McCullough
“Everyone said I was doing really well, but something inside me was telling me my success was putting my soul in danger.” Henri Nouwen
“I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court;
indeed, I do not even judge myself. …
It is the Lord who judges me. …
He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness
and will expose the motives of the heart.
At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:3-5
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Do you know in the depths of your being that you’re “someone different from and always more than the perception of others?”
- Have you come to the place where you can “care very little” about the cheering or jeering (or judgment) of others?
- The next time someone cheers you or jeers you, can you return to your “essential” status as “beloved of God” instead of letting cheering or jeering define you?
Abba, I need to sense your love for, acceptance of, and approval of me in the depths of my being. Please keep me from being distracted from this by what others think of me – by either their blame or their praise.
For More: The Consolations of Imperfection by Donald McCullough
“Then suddenly it happened, I lost every dime, but I’m richer by far, with a satisfied mind.” (“Satisfied Mind”, lyrics by Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes) Often it’s in our most painful losses that we find what really matters, and the satisfaction found in God alone. I hope that Daily Riches will help you to be “richer by far” as you grow in such satisfaction. Thanks for reading and sharing Daily Riches! – Bill (Psalm 90:14)