Whose approval do you need? Who are you really aiming to please? One of my devotions for the day led me down this train of thought. Like most humans, you and I are born with this enduring trait to be concerned about others opinions of who we are or what we stand for (some of you who deny it tend to be the ones who are most effected by this). This "concern" affects more of our decisions and actions than we might realize. From the clothes we wear to the home we live in, from the friends we have to the jokes we tell, it is easy to get caught up in maintaining a certain image with our peers.
Jesus worked hard to move us from this view of our world. He lived and taught that only a fear of God could give us a true view of the world around us. The problem with other's opinions is that they can change with the weather or the latest Gallup poll (or with your outfit). As Christ followers, we are urged to gain our esteem from an unchanging Holy God and His view of us and the world we live in. To live otherwise is an extremely costly exchange.
"When you fear God, you fear nothing else...if you do not fear God, you fear everything else." Oswald Chambers