Declaring Independence: Winning the Approval of God, Not People
God wants you to be like Jesus. Many times people make the mistake of thinking this means being someone's doormat. Nothing could be further from the truth. You don't have to live your life enslaved to the thoughts, opinions and expectations of others. This is not the way God wants you to live; he wants you to be independent. For your spiritual and mental health take control of your life away from others and give it to God. Of course, this is not to say you live your life in total disregard for others. You must always be sensitive to the needs of others. But you cannot give to others that which belongs only to God. Jesus gives us a perfect image of this type of independence. The life of Jesus found in the 6th chapter of Mark will show you how to declare independence and take control of your life. Declaring your independence frees you from unrealistic expectations, and empowers you to live a life committed to God.