Whose Approval Do You Seek?

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
(Galatians 1:10, NIV)

We are created with the longing for acceptance and desire for approval. It is what drives us and propels us forward. Even before we were born, as a fetus, we moved and kicked to get our mother’s attention. Having witnessed multiple process of pregnancies as well as process of labour, I have grown to be fascinated by the process a young baby need to go through from birth to adulthood. It may not be obvious, but at each stage in life, we all strive for approval and acceptance. A young child may behave a certain way because they crave for attention from their parents. We never seemed to get enough of it.

Why We Need to Build Bridges

We all need bridges.

A bridge, in  its simplest definition, is a span that allows us to get across to the other side. It allows us to get things across. A bridge connects two previously disconnected cities, or islands, or even nations. A bridge becomes a place of common ground between two completely separate place. It’s owned not by one part. It’s ownership is mutual. A bridge transcends difficult terrains, overcomes barriers, provides safety and peace of mind. I have described all the above as some properties of a physical bridge. We need physical bridges yet we also desperately need relational bridge.