While talking to some youth yesterday, I realised an important truth – people pleasing is alive and well. From fashion, to language and everything in between, there will always be people who try to squeeze you into their mould; people who try to pressure you into being who they want you to be. They may be good people. They may mean well. But the problem is that they arenâ€™t your creator. They didnâ€™t breathe life into you. They didnâ€™t equip you, empower you or anoint you; Almighty God did!
If youâ€™re going to be all that God created you to be, you canâ€™t focus on what everybody else thinks. If you change with every criticism, trying to win the favour of others, then youâ€™ll go through life being manipulated, and letting people squeeze you into their box. You have to realise that you canâ€™t keep every person happy. You canâ€™t make everyone like you. Youâ€™ll never win over all of your critics.
Today, instead of trying to please people, when you get up in the morning, ask the Lord to search your heart. Ask Him if your ways are pleasing to Him. Stay focused on your goals. If people donâ€™t understand you, thatâ€™s okay. If you lose some friends because you wouldnâ€™t let them control you, they werenâ€™t true friends anyway. You donâ€™t need othersâ€™ approval; you only need Almighty Godâ€™s approval. Keep your heart and mind submitted to Him, and you will be free from people pleasing!
“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.”(Proverbs 29:25, NLT)
Pray With Me
Yahweh, I come humbly to You today. I invite You to search my heart and mind. Let my ways be pleasing to You. Father, take away my need for peopleâ€™s approval. Let my thoughts be Your thoughts and not the thoughts of a corrupt man. God, thank You for setting me free from people pleasing, in Jesusâ€™ Name! Amen.