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Monday, June 16, 2014

Essential Acceptance

Where is the hardest for you to feel accepted?
a. in my family
b. at school
c. at church/youth group
d. at parties/social gatherings
e. by the opposite sex
f.  into groups of cliques
(Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1546).

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena....  
--Theodore Roosevelt

In the past, acceptance meant survival. It still extensively does so. Without acceptance many social functions of humanity could simply not be addressed or accomplished. Therefore, the absence of acceptance is one of the most stressful of all dilemmas. Even though it is unlikely the single-minded critic will ever accept us, we must stand firm in the knowledge that there are souls who do – even if secretly and from afar.

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