Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Stop Trying to Please Everyone!

How do you please everyone? You don't!

That's a lesson I'm learning right now. I shouldn't be surprised by this statement; I mean I've heard it for years. You can't please everyone so don't even try.

Could it be that the issue for me (and could I say maybe you as well), is that we want everyone to like us? We want everyone to approve of the way we complete our work, the way we run our family, the way we live our lives.

Now, if we were simply able to tune into what God thinks of us, and then act on what he places in our heart, we wouldn't be tying ourselves up in knots. 'How to please everyone' wouldn't even be a statement that enters our mind.

Focusing in on knowing Christ and understanding as much of the love of God as we can is possibly the answer. Albeit a cliché, Christian kind of answer; but I believe it to be right!

  • Colossians 2:2 - 'My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ.
  • Eph 3:16-19 - 'I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.' 

This idea of pleasing God first, somewhat contradicts the teachings from Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People), which is all about the characteristics we should show in life to build respect amongst others. I'm not saying the chapters found in Carnegie's book are not worth following, but I am saying, that following God first, discerning his opinion and knowing Christ all trump the human aspects of building respect amongst others.

 I leave you with a thought that is just as much for me, as it is for you:

STOP trying to please everyone!


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