I Cannot Please People:
"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10)
My efforts to please people have quietly eroded genuineness and joy away from the shores of my personality for years and years now. I've been so inwardly paralysed by the fear of letting people down, hurting someone's feelings, and upsetting people, that at times, I lose sight of the reality that I'm made for so much more than enslaving myself to the master of human whims.
"The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe." (Proverbs 29:25)
When I trust in the Lord, I am shielded, favoured, and blessed. On the other hand, when I trust in man, I am suppressed, fearful, and burdened.
God doesn't want us to live shackled with the task of living up to human expectations. God has taken the law of expectation and replaced it with the New Covenant of grace.
"Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant." (Hebrews 7:22)
"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (Jeremiah 31:33)
HE is our God. We worship Him alone. We're not ruled by the desires of this world. We're not made to continually strive to achieve what the world wants. We are made for the Lord's purposes. It's no wonder that when our lives are directed towards pleasing other people, we feel empty and exhausted.
I've decided to forfeit my chase for human approval. After all, the only One whom I wish to please is the Lord God Himself, and lately, I've been feeling a real tug from Him on my heart. I can feel that He is pulling me in closer.
He's whispering to me the secret to a satisfying life, "I desire you. I am overjoyed when you deny the futile attempt to follow the world's fleeting fads, and instead turn to me with a thankful heart filled with expectancy and trust. I am most pleased when you simply rest and surrender to the flowing waters of my unending grace and favour."
Receiving His blessings (no matter how "too good to be true" they seem) with an attitude of gratitude pleases Him. Trusting in the sheer beauty of all that HE is brings Him great joy. HE is the One to please, and it's not a chore to please Him either. HE is the only One who matters, and the only One who satisfies.
Living life apart from the mainstream current, deviating from the rush of this world's ways. This is the route by which we're called to travel. When we surrender to His unfathomable grace and favour, His kindly charismatic heart bursts forth with even more blessings upon blessings. His gentle compassion takes my breath away.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)
Oh Father, when I'm Yours and You're mine, my life plays in perfect harmony to the rhythm of Your heart. When we are Yours and we embrace You as ours as well, this is the state in which You are pleased and we are fully satisfied.
"This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalms 118:24)
So abandon the burden of pleasing humanity, and embrace the grace found in the streams of Living Water flowing from the generous heart of God. Surrender to the flow of His unending grace, mercy, and favour today. May your day be filled with rejoicing and rejuvenating. God be with you all.
-The Introverted Evangelist