This week was week 2 in our small group series Me. And this week we talked about the pressure to have people like you.
Last week, we said we all want to be loved. This week we talked about how we all want to be liked. We like when people like us. There's nothing exactly wrong with this (within reason). There's a line we can cross though, we can like people's "likes" too much. There are so many things that can you feel not liked. The apostle Paul was pretty popular, but following Jesus made him very unpopular. Paul tells us not to worry, but to go to God in prayer. If you disappont yourself, give yourself a break. Remember God likes you. Give your worries to God. Pray, "When I feel unlikeable, God likes me." You are made by God and in the image of God. He loves you when you're awkward and you don't feel good enough or likeable enough.
The Bottom Line
When I feel unlikeable, God still likes me.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. - Philippians 4:16 NIV
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. - Psalm 139:13-14 (NLT)
Continue the Conversation at Home
- When is the last time you felt unlikeable?
- What do you think your friends would say they like most about you?
- What's the difference between wanting people to like you in a normal way and wanting people to like you in an unhealthy way?
- How might believing that God likes you change the way you see yourself?
- When it comes to being cool and likeable, name one area where you might need to give yourself a break.