If you are like me, you grew up feeling like you had to make people proud and please them. Whether it was pleasing family, friends or work. Growing up, I always thought I had to be just like my brother. I thought I had to get all A’s, get a full ride scholarship for college, be financially stable in every aspect of life, and have a solid head on my shoulders.
I felt like I had to please my family by being just like him. the reality was, I was, and am, nothing like him. I grew up making B’s in high school and struggled with certain subjects but I also excelled in English and Art. I had to get a student loan to pay for all of college and struggled with life (including finances) but life threw me some curve balls. It isn’t that I am not smart or can’t seem to keep things organized in my life. It boils down to one thing, life happens. It is because I know how to manage my finances that I have made it this far.
This past Sunday, my pastor talked about who we should be living for. People pleasing is something I have struggled with and still struggle with in my life. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get approval from family but when we are seeking approval solely from them and not from God, it becomes an issue.
How do I do that? It is easy to say, I will do this for God and still do it for the approval of others. As we go through our day, everything should be for God. Our hard work we put in to our jobs, the report we write for the board of directors, or the things at home, should all be done for God.
As you go about each task, do it for the Lord. If you feel, at any moment, that you are trying to please someone else, stop, take a breath and redirect your goal to God. Remind yourself that you are doing this for the Lord and not to please others.
Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ”. Our actions and tasks should reflect us being servants of Christ and doing that means working to lease God and not others.