“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Galatians 1:10




Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings,

or of God?

Or am I trying to please people?


If I were still trying to please people,

I would not be a servant of Christ.


– Galatians 1:10 (NIV)






The world

appears to be intent on getting us to adopt lifestyles and attitudes

which exalt the self,

idolise the body,

and encourage self-gratification at any cost.


But it does not stop at the self,

because vanity is also about showing off

and about winning the approval of others.


The world seems to be continuously feeding

our lower passions, desires, pride

and all our amoral inclinations,

as it justifies self-indulgence and unrestraint.


But we can battle…and beat…this ideology,

and set about pleasing God rather than the world.

We can do this

by putting on Christ;

by living how He teaches us to live;

by being humble;

and by loving unselfishly like He loves.






Lord, protect me from the vanity that lurks within me,

from my passions and from my self-centeredness.

Lord, more of You and less of me.


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