How desperately we strive for and cling to the compliments of our peers and neighbors. To be well-thought-off is a treasured prize among us. But the values of our fellows are not the values of God, for they are mired in the ego-driven ideals of the social consensus. To be respected by others is good but to follow Jesus is to de-prioritize their standards in favor of God's.
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