I grew up a hard core people-pleaser, living for everyone’s expectations. So, when I got down the road 30+ years—I had to figure out who I was really designed to be.
There is something about age that adds a special ingredient to your attitude: you care much less about what people think than ever before. With each progressing year life can taste much better, because you are more and more aware of the dish that God has served you. And that He wants you to enjoy the meal with Him, without worrying about the expectations of other people.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree with Paul—we should become all things to all people, that we might by all means save some. However, if I am becoming all things to all people, that I might by all means please some—I may in fact miss pleasing the One who truly matters. I might gain the good opinion of the whole world, all the while losing my soul one mask at a time.
How do we get off the hamster wheel of the approval addiction? How do we get beyond wondering how many “likes” we have attained? How do we get to the point of being content with God being pleased with us, regardless of whomever else may be witnessing our life moments? Let’s live just for Him!
I love to slip in little brag moments of my husband when I can…I admire the way he is the same guy to EVERYONE he knows. He literally does not care what others think of him. He only wants to please God and his family, without striving for approval from the world. I am so thankful that the Lord gave me to a husband who could model this for me.
Praise God for those who don’t struggle with insecurity. I ask you to pray for those who do. It is a horrible feeling to crave validation.
May insecurity be broken off of the body of Christ. Let us wear His garment of righteousness with confidence, rather than trying to fit into an outfit of compromise.
Scripture to read:
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Lord, there is nothing good in me but You. Don’t let me try to put on different masks to gain the approval of people. I just want to get to You one day and hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I want to please You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.