(Galatians 1:10b NLT)
There it is in black and white. Paul spells it out for us. If our goal is to please people and attempt to win their approval then we are living in complete contrast to what it means to be a servant to Christ. Everyday we face a challenge. We have a choice to make. Will we live to please people or live to please God? We can’t have it both ways.
Ever get stuck in people pleasing mode? It’s an exhausting and depressing cycle. I know, I’ve been trapped there before. There are times in my life when I still fall back into this mode of seeking approval from those around me. I often find myself desiring that pat on the back.
However, here is the problem I am discovering about seeking validation from others. It’s never enough. It never satisfies. It always leaves us wanting more. I’ve come to the conclusion that people pleasing is like a drug we often use to treat our insecurity issues. It’s a quick fix that temporarily puffs us up with false confidence and then disappears…leaving us craving more. So, we go out looking for that next hit of approval.
“If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
I need to constantly be evaluating my motives and my heart. Who am I trying to please? Who do I serve today?
exposing every hidden motive.
(Proverbs 20:27 NLT)
Linking up with Jen today over at Finding Heaven