A vertebrate is a being with a backbone. I wasn’t always a vertebrate. I had to grow a backbone.
I used to try to please everyone. Even my shadow. I wanted desperately to be liked and sought
approval everywhere. It’s a tough job and leaves you rather bewildered.
Growing a backbone is hard and changes everything. First, I calmed down a lot. What a relief not trying to get everyone to like me all the time! Whew! Granted, I haven’t totally changed. It’s a process but I do have a backbone now. It continues to grow.
I look to the Lord for approval now. That’s enough.
Having a backbone = strength of character = not letting people walk all over you = standing up for yourself = having principles and integrity