Why Do I Care?: When Others' Approval Matters Too Much
About Why Do I Care?
It is difficult and sometimes frightening not to have the good opinion of others. No one likes to face the possibility of rejection, humiliation, or opposition. Yet, making our goal others’ approval confines us to a small world where life consists of pleasing others.
Experienced counselor Amy Baker shares that rejection by others is not the whole story. There is a bigger story of God’s love for his people. His love endures forever. His love can be relied upon, while people’s opinions shift and change according to whether or not we are pleasing them. But God, in Christ, is totally pleased with us. His opinion of his dearly loved children will not change. When you remember these truths and replace your anxieties about approval with them, you will be free to live and love in God’s world.
About the Author
Author Amy Baker, Ph.D., is Ministry Resource Director at Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana. A counselor certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC, formerly NANC), Amy is also a Biblical Counseling Coalition council board member; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; and Vision of Hope residential treatment center board member. She and her husband Jeff have two children.
Amy explains how her passion for gospel-centered biblical counseling and discipleship leads her to write: “Writing is my faltering attempt to share with others the God who has rescued me and become my rock and strong tower,” she says. “As I grow in my understanding of how magnificent God is and taste his love and grace, I don’t want anyone else to miss out on this.”