What are You Striving For?

Posted: July 5, 2011 in Church
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For the most part, I’d say that I’m a people pleaser. I want people to like me. I want to make people around me happy. I’m not the first one to jump in and stir up conflict.

Here is what I’ve started to think about this:

1. Sometimes this can be a good thing. For example, at my job all I do is make and serve food to people. So in this situation it should be my goal to please the people who I am making the food for. The goal behind me making the food (besides making $$) is for the people who are eating it to enjoy it, so obviously I care about what they think about the food. When it’s my job to serve and please people, then I believe that it can be a positive thing.

2. It’s definitely not always a good thing. You see over and over in scripture that God calls people to do things that are not popular in the eyes of others and they do it. Why? Because they fear God and desire to please him rather than striving to please people and their opinions.

This is one area of my life where I need work, because so often I look for the applause of people for the things I do rather than to God. And I have a strong feeling that I’m not the only one.

After I speak a message, I’ll think that how good it was is based on how many people say something to me afterwards or how many facebook posts I see about it. Wrong. How good it was is based on if I said what I knew God put on my heart and that’s it. Period.

I’ll think that this blog post is good or bad based on how many views it gets in the first couple days. Wrong. It’s good because I know that I’m writing something that God has been dealing with me about for a while. It’s good because it’s a Biblical truth that people need to realize.

It’s not about how many people “liked” my message. It’s not about how many people dap me up after I speak. It’s not about how many facebook messages I get about it. It’s not about how many views I get on this site everyday. It’s about doing what I know God has called me to do and being satisfied knowing that I’m walking in obedience to him. And nothing else.

  1. debbie915631 says:

    Nicely said!

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