While reading the other day, these words rocked my world:
“Approval Addiction is essentially an act of abandonment. Instead of finding your value and worth from your Creator, you have essentially given up your heart for adoption. You have given it away to others for love and approval, making them responsible for your feelings.”
As artists, how does this happen to us?
We emotionally LIVE and DIE based on how people respond to WHAT WE DO rather than WHO WE ARE.
If people don’t like our songs…we have no value.
If a service doesn’t go well…we feel we’re destroying the organization.
When we build a campaign and it misses…we think we’ll be rejected forever.
A piece of art is created and we love it, but it’s turned down or doesn’t connect…and we instantly feel like we’ve been personally attacked.
It’s a slippery and extremely unhealthy slope we live on.
This is not how God intended us to live. Our value and approval can only be found in who He created us to be…not in the stuff we create.
And I get it – the balance is ever so delicate: in order to create great art, we have to be connected to it. Just remember that our value and worth is given to us FROM our Creator, not from the things we’re creating.
Walk in that freedom today…
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