Congratulations! You are accepted!
This sentence encompasses the 15+ years of my career serving as a director of admission for private, independent schools. My role could be narrowed down to these three words, You are accepted.
Accepted, recognized, and valued for meeting the criteria of the school.
The Whole Child
My personal admission philosophy was based on the acceptance of the whole child. Being Accepted into a school is much more than a letter of acceptance or meeting enrollment numbers. Acceptance was based on many factors, but most importantly the whole child philosophy was to ensure the applicant would be supported, challenged, and engaged by the school community, which I felt was significant to the applicant’s success.
This is true for our success as well. We all want to belong, to be a part of something spectacular, just take a look at the social media craze. Our desire to be accepted and included is so strong, we tend to place a significant amount of importance on the number of likes made on our posts and pics by people we have never met, know nothing about, and will most likely never meet in our lifetime. And, although we know this to be true, we continue to seek their approval and acceptance.
What are We Seeking?
History provides examples of our need to be accepted through our desire to join clubs and become members of organizations. In most instances, we join a group because of certain members of the group and our desire to be recognized as also belonging to the tribe. We’ve been joining groups and clubs for centuries due to our yearning to be included. And, we have a tendency to base our identity on the groups to which we belong!
What are we seeking when we join these groups? Is it community and connection, or could we be striving to be something or someone we are not?
I find it disheartening that in our quest for belonging, we rarely take the time to consider if the choice we are making is the best choice for us. We convince ourselves that if an influencer is doing it, then we need to do it because the person is so cool, and she has so many followers and likes. Or if a friend is attending a specific school, we also need to attend the same school regardless of the fit. And, we are willing to do whatever possible to make it happen. Does this sound familiar? Remember the recent college acceptance scandal?
The Wrong Road
The comparison mindset can lead you down the wrong road and next thing you know you’re navigating someone else’s journey. Actually, it’s your journey, but it’s based on what others are doing without any consideration if it’s what you should be doing or what you really want. Then somewhere along the way you get lost or break down, and you have no idea how you got there or what to do. You’re stuck and unable to move forward or backward, your wheels are spinning, but you’re going nowhere!
Have you been there? Maybe you did not realize where your choices were taking you, and as you read these words, you’re hit with the realization that you’re headed in the wrong direction. Perhaps you’re frozen in your tracks and have no idea what to do next. You ask yourself, what am I doing, and how did I get here? I know because I’ve asked these same questions over the years. And, it’s in those quiet moments of self-reflection that I look up to look within.
Heed the Warning Signs
You see, our desire for acceptance can lead us down roads that were never meant for us to take. The danger signs are flashing, or the way holds a huge detour symbol, but we keep moving forward, ignoring all the warning signs. Our need to belong and to be a part of a group can be so strong we end up making decisions that are not always in our best interest. And somewhere in the journey, we find ourselves wondering how we got to where we are…like we didn’t see the bright yellow flashing caution signs.
If we experience doubt or hesitation on our journey, it’s not God who is guiding us. We need to heed the warning signs.
If we want to be accepted, we need to know who we are and be confident in what we stand for. We need to recognize exactly who we are and whose we are.
If we want to lead a fulfilled life, we need to step into our God-given purpose. We need to be the person God created us to be.
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For me, this means I need to embrace my true self and love my uniqueness, all those things that make me who I am. How can I expect others to accept me for who I am if I am not accepting of myself?
Today, I encourage you to join with me and let’s accept ourselves and one another for who we are and let’s celebrate who we were created to be. Let go of the false mindsets and appearances. Free yourself of comparison and judgment.
And always know, YOU are ACCEPTED!
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ESV)
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I love helping women gain the confidence to achieve their goals and dreams. And, with the right mentor and God’s word, you too can gain the confidence and the strength to achieve your goals and aspirations. I look forward to hearing from you!