I have a problem with people pleasing. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember. I don’t like to impose on people, inconvenience them, or make anyone upset with me. Lately, God has convicted my heart on this matter because of how big a problem it has become.
You see, I so want to please others that I structure my life around people pleasing and at times go against what God desires because I am afraid it may hurt others around me or cause them to view me in different light…WHAT?!?! I know this isn’t okay! So, why am I allowing my approval with people to come before God Almighty?
Well, I know I am not the only one to struggle in this way. My proof is in God’s word…which is the ultimate truth. It is alive and active, it will last forever, and is our guide that directs our paths from crooked to straight. God has come along side me in my weakness and showed me that I am not alone in this. He brought me to this verse in Galatians 1:10, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (NLT)
Yikes! If pleasing people is my goal, I’m not Christ’s servant? The word “servant” in this passage is listed in Strong’s concordance meaning, “Devoted to another to the disregard to one’s own interest.”
I have realized my problem; I am putting my own interest above God’s. Can I continue to do that and be His follower? NO!! So I have just recently asked forgiveness from my Lord and Savior and have asked Him to help me let go of my desire to people please.
Where are you trying to find your approval? Our true desire should be to please and win the approval of God not man. I pray that you too sister will also choose God’s approval over people pleasing.