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We've all seen people who seem pretty self-centered. Everything is about them. They are consumed with what others think of them. Some even go so far as to post their pictures on the internet, asking others to rate their body or their face. Even though we're talking about "some people", the truth is we've all been that person at some point in our life... I know I have. Maybe not to the extreme, but we all know what it feels like to get approval from our friends, and we love that feeling. The danger arises when our entire identity and self-worth lies in what others think of us. Compliments can become an addiction, with each one making you feel empty more quickly. Have you ever found yourself caught in this trap?
One way to avoid this pitfall is to take a step back and look at the big picture. We were all created to be a part of something much larger than ourselves. As followers of Jesus, we were created to be a part of the body of Christ. What part of the body are you? Today, take some time to examine your life and ask God to show you how He created you to be a unique and vital part of His work in this world.