Living in the love of God, living in the gracious acceptance and approval of God, will liberate you from the “approval addiction” ─ living in bondage to what other people think about you. When you are addicted, no matter how much of your drug of choice you get, you never get enough. You've got to have more and more and more fixes, and like other junkies, you go crazy when this drug ─ the approval of others ─ is withheld. When you are an approval addict, you are always vulnerable to other people's opinions about you, and your life becomes an emotional rollercoaster.
(John Ortberg, Now What? p. 141)
2 March 2016