Maybe you’re waiting on a boss to give the go-ahead on a proposal? Perhaps a spouse is taking forever to decide on a course of action? Or you’re waiting for someone unknown to snuggle up to your side and simply approve of who you are as a person?
While working as a department manager in a large administration for two years I had to learn great patience while my superiors decided whether to let me proceed with new proposals. This was a growing experience for me because I had been self-employed most of my working life, and successfully so. I was not accustomed to waiting for other people’s approvals before acting. After what seemed an interminably long waiting period on one project, I asked God for a new perspective that would keep me calm.
“I wanted approval for the project so I could proceed,” I agitated.
In a flash of divine inspiration, I was told that maybe I would never get approval for the project, but nonetheless, I did have approval to be content, happy and joyful anyway.
Aw…a spiritual perspective that took away my temporal fears.
The most important approval is not yeas or nays we receive from bosses, other people, or mates. It’s the divine permission we already have to live a joyful life regardless of whether or not our human ideas are accepted.
Our happiness and success as a living being is not conditional upon other people. It’s predetermined by God, and it’s scheduled to be good, fulfilling, and eternally enlightening.
We all have times of waiting for other’s to agree or disagree with our suggestions and ideas, but life does not have to go into a holding pattern in the meantime. Our most important activity is spiritual reflection. And we already have approval to do that!
So, what are you waiting for?
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed…” II Timothy