Each day there must be a hundred ways we seek recognition in what we say, do, and think, as well as in what we don’t say, do, or think. We both overtly and subtly seek some kind of a pat on the back from those around us, or from You. If we don’t seek it from others or You, then we pat ourselves on the back. To be noted, or simply regarded, affirms two things critical to our egos: 1) that we exist, and 2) that we’re OK. Acknowledgment that I am, and that I’m OK, is often, in what we say, do, or think, almost as important as breathing – at least we think it is.
In reality the second acknowledgment, the acknowledgment that we’re OK is more critical to the ego. The recognition that we are seems pretty much self-evident to us. We can affirm that for ourselves. But that we’re OK, to be valid has to come from elsewhere. Sure, we can say we’re OK, but we know that self-proclaimed goodness is hollow. We want the more marketable recognition of others. Even if we are able to master the art of self-denial and genuine humility in regards to ourselves and other people, we still nurture a deep longing to be affirmed by You. We long for the audible voice from the clouds, or from the burning bush, or pillar of fire. We want to hear God say to us, “You’re OK.” Maybe God says it all the time and the fault of not hearing it is in us.
On the other hand, maybe the knowledge deep down within us that we’re really not OK is the reason we need to hear others say we are. The fact is, we are not OK! We need salvation and You give it to us. Then we are OK!