Marlene Dietrich was a German-born American actress and singer whose life stretched for almost the entirety of the 20th century. She made the top hat and tails famous in her world renown cabaret shows. Her biographer tells us that she frequently gathered friends to her home, especially rivals Judy Garland and Noel Coward, to listen to recordings of nothing but her cabaret ovations—of nothing but applause. During the gathering, she would state solemnly, “That was Rio… London… Chicago.”
Bono, the lead singer for the iconic band U2, knows what it is like to receive applause. In an interview, he asked a penetrating and thoughtful question, “What kind of hole must exist in the heart of a person when they need to have 70,000 people scream, ‘I love you,’ in order to feel fulfilled?”
If we are honest, most of us would admit that we seek the applause for someone. The desire for approval drives us. It may not be the scream of 70,000 people in a stadium. It may just be a parent, a boyfriend, a boss, or a spouse. It’s true. The desire for approval drives us.
Think about this…
- Are you always second-guessing decisions because of what others might think?
- Do you get embarrassed easily?
- Do you ever lie to avoid looking bad or letting someone down?
- Do you avoid people?
If so, you just might be a “people pleaser” who is enslaved to the need for approval. What we are going to see on Sunday is that, with the approval of God, I don’t need the applause of man. Because of the gospel, I am able to live before an audience of One, where no one gets ultimate influence in my life except Jesus. How might this change your life if you could live with an audience of One? Join us Sunday and we’ll discover a number of powerful life applications on this theme from Galatians 1:10.