People Pleasing

A powerful message was brought to my attention today.  I think it was one of those”Divine appointments” moments.  Whatever it was, I was effected by it.

Here’s some notes…

People pleasing = Living so people will be pleased with me.  In other words, not a good thing.

So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Things i need to work on…

  • Minimize what people think of me – Don’t eliminate it, minimize it.  “It is a is a very small that I should be examined by you”.  Whenever pressed about what a group of people think about me, I need to put it in a small box.  Think “this is a small thing what you think about me right now.”  What God thinks about me is what’s important.  Remember, pleasing people is impossible.
  • Minimize my focus on what I think of myself – Paul examined himself but did not judge himself.  I need to eliminate the internal standard I have set for myself inside myself.  I need to let God do that.  If I set the bar way to high inside myself and I will never achieve it.  If I focus on what God wants and push to achieve his standards, mine go out the window.  Screw my self esteem, I need to have Jesus esteem.  “Whoever loses his life… gains his life.”
  • Maximize my focus on what God thinks about me – This is the answer.  Minimize what people think and maximize what God thinks.  Someday I will stand before God and tell Him what i did, not the guy behind me.  People judge at the wrong time, God judges at the right time.  God says the judgement will come at the appointed time and it will come from Him alone.  Please God, please God, please God.  Only his assessment of me matters.  “Each man’s praise comes from God.”

I got some work to do.


1 Response to “People Pleasing”

  1. 1 Berthine August 27, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Amen Amen!!! I have been struggling with people pleasing all my life and I thank you so very much for sharing this! I really need to read this tonight. I will be keeping this advice close to me!

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