If you didn't already know, we live in a very narcissistic society and yes, even in our Christian circles we find this. The pastor of Sun Valley Community Church here in Phoenix said it better than I ever could when he said its called a selfie, because a narcicisty would be to hard to say.
I remember as a kid when my Dad would talk about Judgement Day. He would tell me how we would all have to answer for our sins in front of God and everyone else on earth. I remember how that terrified me. Everyone was going to know my sins. My deepest darkest secrets. That would be extremely embarrassing and that was one of my greatest fears about the end.
But as I grew and became a father, I realized something. If I was going to be standing in front of the creator of everything, I highly doubt that I would even see those around me or be concerned with what they thought. As I saw my own children respect me and yes, even fear me sometimes, I realized that I had a skewed vision of who my Heavenly Father was.
Our Father is pure love, so much so that he is honest with us and yes, even disciplines us. According to Proverbs 3:11 Solomon says, My Child don't reject the Lord's discipline and don't be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
God loves us, but I do respect and fear him. I now try to live like he is watching my every move and really does not want to have to bring up all my personal stuff in the end. Who cares what anyone else thinks. The maker of everything cares enough about me to correct me and keep me on the path he laid out for me.
Lets live our lives like He is right beside us. The most important figure in our lives, the one we look up to, the one who loves us enough to give us a choice. And in the end, He will say well done my good and faithful servant. No other approval matters.