Some years ago I read a paradigm-shifting book that introduced me to myself. It’s called When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch. I learned how much I crave the approval and acceptance of others, and that this sinful longing affects me in many ways.
I’ve recently been made even more aware of this unbiblical pattern in my heart. But like most sins, man-pleasing is common. It affects young and old ; single and married; confident and insecure; leader and follower.
The author says this:
“Do young people care what others think? Yes—they are just like the rest of us! Teens do not necessarily worry about it more than others but they do worry about it more obviously. Concerns about approval, rejection and ‘fitting in’ seem more painful and intensified. What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? is my recent attempt to help younger Christians with these fears.”
If you are the parent of teens, work in youth ministry, or have elementary aged children and want to wisely begin to prepare yourself for compassionately understanding common teen temptations, this book — written by a man whose writings have affected many — will help you.
You can order it on Amazon here.