The first step in understanding an out-of-balance need for approval is to understand fear. The variety of fears people deal
with is endless, but an important one I discovered in my own life—and one you may be dealing with yourself—is the fear of not being pleasing to God. If you have been hurt and wounded by people who were difficult or even impossible to please, you may think God is the same way. He isn’t! It is not as difficult to please God as we may think it is. Simple, childlike faith pleases Him. He already knows we will not behave perfectly all the time. That is why He sent Jesus to pay for our failures and mistakes.