People Pleasing Is A Dead End - Pleasing God Must Be Our Goal

People pleasing is a dead end, Please God not people
When we talk about "people-pleasers" we often think of weak, doormat types. But people-pleasing is a subtle problem for most of us. 

I feel insecure when people reject me, but I'm learning three things:
1. Insecurity is often a sign of people-pleasing.
2. People's expectations and opinions change.
3. God's expectations are stable and dependable. 

Sometimes people unsubscribe from Bible Love Notes because they don't like something I've written. I could avoid this if I only wrote encouraging things. But I know I need correction and rebuke as well as encouragement, so I keep writing both.

I'm learning to deal with my insecurities (and unsubscriptions) by reminding myself of Colossians 3:23: "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." 

If you have similar insecurities, I encourage you to memorize this verse.


Would you like to do a very short Bible study on this devotion with full text of the Scripture verses? Check it out HERE.

9 comments:

  1. I'm not unsubscribing. I look forward to these every day! Over and over, Proverbs reminds us that fools reject correction but the wise embrace it and therefore become more wise. I want... NEED... all the wisdom that I can get!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement.
      Gail : )

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  2. Thank you so much for this verse, and for the thoughts! I never considered insecurity as being a sign of people-pleasing, but I just meditated 2 min about what or when I'm insecure and yes, i'm insecure when I'm trying to please people, not God!

    Also, don't feel discouraged when people unsubscribe, you are doing a great job for the Lord and I'm sure a lot of people are blessed because of you!... I'll be praying for you!

    God bless you!

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    1. Yes, Nami, I see this same thing in myself.
      Thanks for your encouragement.

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  3. Discouragement is awful. for every person that may disagree with you, I'm sure there are at least ten who have been ENcouraged by you. Not anywhere close to unsubscribing over here. It's not always about us, or what we want, but what God wants, and some people may just have a hard time accepting that we're not perfect and often WE need to change.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  4. My pastor referred to Colossians 3:23 in his mid-week sermon on Wednesday evening, and he said, "Pretend Jesus is your boss." I found that very convicting! Now, here I see the verse again. Obviously, God is trying to get my attention.

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  5. Hmmm. That's the second time this week that scripture has been used in devotional that I have read. Yes, it would be a good one for me to memorize. Thanks!

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