People Pleasing

BloomingtreesStop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; for why should he be esteemed? Isaiah 2:25

I did not think I was a people-pleaser, but perhaps, I have too high a regard for a person’s feelings or I am overly-concerned with what I imagine people are thinking in a situation. Why do I care so much what they think?

I ultimately desire to please God but in His silence, I gauge the reactions of other people to determine, “How am I doing?” I don’t want to be a stumbling block in any way to someone’s relationship with Jesus. Since I bear his name, Christian, I am representing Christ to the world. I care so much about someone’s thoughts and feelings not because I want to make someone else feel good as much as I want the name of Jesus to be honored.

But I am not Jesus (obviously), and I fail. When I inadvertently mess up, Jesus is way big enough to protect his reputation and defend his character. If I become preoccupied wondering, “What do they think?”, I remind myself that ultimately, I live for the approval of only One.

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

One thought on “People Pleasing

  1. Hey Lynn,

    I love this one. People pleasing. I hope I get over it before I go on to glory!

    I got a LOVELY invitation to a certain wedding. Katie will make such a lovely June bride! I have already sent my regrets. I also sent a little gift from Bed Bath and Beyond, off their registry. They didn’t show where it was being sent, so if it is to your house, would you please let me know that the gift arrived safely? Thanks.

    I went to a different church yesterday. Gettin’ my Pentecostal Fix! The church as Sooooooo Very off base, out of balance. Not a word about Jesus, the blood, or the Cross.

    I’m off to Finals Week….

    Love you, dear friend.

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