People Pleasing – Sigh.
It can become quite overwhelming to complete a task list while simultaneously pleasing everyone and maintaining a level head (I’ve tried it). Being tugged in many different ways, without consulting God first will prove unsuccessful every time.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10 NIV)
We must put God at the top of every task list, before every person and above every desire. As we continue to seek God first, He will show us how to be effective without all the added people-pleasing. He will show us what things should move up on our priority list and which things should be erased.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
As believers, it is truly necessary to learn to say, “No”.We were not called to please everyone. The only way we can be at peace with our decision making is to take refuge in the fact that we can trust God for guidance. When God leads – it’s okay to say no to our families, not this time to our friends and not again to our own messy desires. As we surrender our lives to Him (1 Peter 5:7), we will enjoy a sound mind that isn’t overwhelmed with pleasing others. This is true rest – rest sleep can’t give.
“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)
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