Maybe I am the perfect storm of ESFJ, words of affirmation, and I am a self inflicting martyr to my husband and three kids (they never MAKE me NOT eat breakfast... I just find myself choosing to sacrifice it to get another thing done). Or maybe I should just call it like it is and proclaim my sinfulness and pride from the rooftops. Either way, I have a hunger for accolades.
I crave hearing my kids tell me how much they enjoyed the dinner I made. I want my dentist to congratulate me every appointment for being faithful with the full teeth cleaning regime (flossing, brushing, mouthwash twice daily is a lot to remember). And I always like hearing a compliment for getting "it" right- whether that's a trendy outfit, timely word, or a perfectly articulated email.
But in ANY position, either professionally or personally, we have to be careful not to rely on or look for the constant approval and admiration from others.
Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us that whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
People will affirm us for our work and our family is grateful for our sacrifice, but ultimately we need to remember that what we are doing is a RESPONSE of obedience to our Savior and not as a REQUEST for approval from people. Let the compliments from others be lagniappe in our life, and let our confidence rest in the contentment that Christ has already approved of us and made a place for us in His Kingdom BEFORE we have done a single thing for Him.