I was flipping through radio stations the other day, and the lyrics of a Lady Gaga song got me thinking. She has a song Applause that is something along the lines of,
"I live for the applause, applause, applause
I live for the applause-plause
Live for the applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause"
What a picture of the way we tend to live our lives...always seeking approval, always wanting acceptance and applause from others to validate our work/self/existence. How many times have you found yourself doing something that you know would get other people to notice or to admire you? Even the way our social media apps are set up condition us to feel good when someone "likes" your status or photo. I know I've found myself thinking like that from time to time, and while it's ok to be excited when others compliment or applaud you, let's not fall into the trap of their applause dictating how we live our lives. The fact of the matter is that trends come and go, what's admired for awhile, soon becomes passe or obsolete. Live your life in such a way that is not centered around acceptance from others, but rather one that is in alignment with how God calls us to live.
Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
The world says that to live a great life you must gain popularity, you need acceptance, people who will applaud and admire you; however, as people of faith, we aren't to follow in those footsteps. Instead, we are to be the kind of people who are self-less rather than selfish, always giving to others, full of integrity and being challenged to walk the right path, even if it's not the popular one. Instead of looking for acceptance and applause, seek integrity and righteousness...while it may not be glamorized or applauded, it's worth far more in the end.