1 Thessalonians 2:4 For we speak as messangers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
Our purpose is to please God, not people. I am a people pleaser.... I always have been. I don't just want people to like me .... I want everybody to LOVE me!! I have done many things wrong in my life to have somebody like me. I have often had such trouble making decisions because I was having to weight who, what I did, would please. It was exhausting.... the more I got to truly know God and what he wants from me the more my world changed in this area.
First, as sweet as I could be I got even sweeter. I am sweet to people now because I want them to feel loved, not so they love me.... but so they will feel loved. So they will know that God loves them. Even when I feel my worse and I am out in the world I make a conscious effort to be sweet and kind and loving. I don't want anybody that I come across to in any way feel unloved. Now if they don't accept my kindness I go about me day... and my day is not changed in any way.... I myself feel loved by God...I feel God's approval in my life. Before if I had tried my best and got shot down it would hurt my feelings so much. Now I am trying for God. If the person on the other end of my smile, my kind words does not respond... it is sad for them, I think... but I am okay because I know that God knows I was doing what He called me to do, love others.
Another way this has changed my world is it reduced the choices I have when I have to make a decision. So if I have 6 options... I can narrow it down in a hurry to about three by asking which of these choices would please God. If somebody ask me to do something....I think would this be something that would please God...if the answer is no... I can now say no without any guilt or worry. I then go the next step and ask myself if I say yes to this, will I wish I hadn't later and be resentful in my heart while I am preforming this task... if it is going to give me a negative heart I decline the task. My to do list has been cut in half! When God gives me something to do now that I am not sure I will like or be successful at.... I get to work praying each day that I will be good at the task at hand...I ask God to give me a heart for what He has give me. When I ask, God answers.
As I get to know God more, and more, and more the choices I make each day change more and more... as they change my life changes. And each time that God changes my life it gets better. I have seen so much change in my life since I begin to take time to know God, truly know God. I can get so excited about the changes in my future, just by looking at the changes in my past. The thing is God can take something the devil means for bad and turn it into a blessing. There is nothing that God ask of us that is not good for us and for others. When we choose to please God and not man we will be making the right choices. Even if man gets upset with our choices, God is still the one in control of our lives. God can fix anything that man messes up. Today I want to make God pleased with me, I want to make God like me, I want to make God smile... in the process I have found that more people like me, more people LOVE me! God cares about the desires of my heart!! When I do what God ask, God always takes care of the rest.