Often times we spend so much of our energy doing what is expected by others, bend over backwards to try to please them, and work so desperately to gain their approval. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why?’.
Early in life children learn by doing as “expected” they gain the approval and praise of their parents.
It happens every day…children seek the approval and blessing of their parents and learn by acting, performing, reacting, or believing a certain they get that approval. They also learn that approval is withheld if those expectations are not met. Then as the child grows older and attend school or become more social it is not just the parents placing these expectations on a child but also their teachers and friends. In time this leads to those children that are “over achievers”. Their only focus is gaining approval of others…
Growing up I was one of those kids…Always felt I had to perform to everyone else’s expectations. Then one day while reading my Bible I read a scripture that changed my life…
“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
WOW… What a revelation!
SUDDENLY I AM FREE!!!
Free from the burden of trying to please the world…Fee from trying to gain approval of others…Free to please my Father!
Today, I live to please Him, I walk in His love and acceptance, and I KNOW I AM LOVED!!!
I ask you…WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO PLEASE???