Wednesday 6.29.11 Insight from Angela LaVallie

Angela LaVallie is the Member Connection Program Director at The Church of the Resurrection. She provides oversight to our member connection efforts through the Connection Point, the Weekday Hospitality Team, Coffee With the Pastors, the New Member Team and our Spiritual Gifts Placement Team.

Like many others, I am a people pleaser. I want people to like me and approve of me. Several years ago, I read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and discovered that my love language is words of affirmation. This means that I most feel loved when I am given positive feedback. This can sometimes make it difficult for me as a Christian who seeks to have a humble attitude. I want people to notice when I do something to help those in need, when I say a particularly “good” prayer, or when I do something well in the church, because if people notice, they might affirm my worth.

Today’s scripture passage tells us “not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them” (verse 1). This is a reminder to me that it doesn’t matter what other people think of me as long I do what pleases God. It’s important for me to remember that my true worth doesn’t come from those around me but from God who created me to be exactly who he wanted me to be.

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