I am a self proclaimed people pleaser; I have been for as long as I can remember. In my ideal world, everyone would get a long and we would all walk around singing songs from some happy musical as cute forest animals made us breakfast and did our laundry.
Unfortunately we live in the real world, a fallen world, where people are too often ruled by their sinful natures. Because of this, it is impossible to constantly make everyone that I come in contact with happy.
This has been a source of great pain, stress and heartache for me over the years until I searched out answers from the only one who CAN make everyone happy and give joy unending. Galatians 1:10 challenges me to die to the idea that my goal or focus should be to please others. It says
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
In my impossible quest to make everyone around me happy, I had lost sight of my main purpose for being. I am here to serve Christ, my Lord and Savior. The ironic thing is that when I die to my focus on man and live for serving and worshiping God, my life not only becomes less stressed and chaotic, but others around me see the peacefulness that only He can give. That’s the beauty of God’s design and one of the hardest lessons to learn. God desires for all of us to experience His joy, but too often we focus on material possessions or other humans to achieve this goal, which results in disappointment or frustration.
God is the source of ultimate happiness and fulfillment and all it takes to reap the benefits of being His child is to accept Him in our heart as our Lord and to follow His ways.
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
While I still struggle at times with my desires to please all those around me, I am always amazed at the drastic change that occurs when I switch my focus back on Christ. In the midst of total chaos He can bring me a kind of peace that transcends all understanding.
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