People Pleaser vs. God Pleaser
Much of what we say and do stems from our desire to be accepted by others. We strive to make a certain impression, to shed the best light possible on ourselves. Wanting to be viewed as successful, we may decide to exaggerate, embellish, or even lie. It’s difficult to be true to ourselves when we care so much about the acceptance and opinions of others. Impression management is hard work, so it’s good to know God has a better plan! Rather than being driven by the opinions of others, strive to live your life for God alone and to please Him above all else. God knows our hearts. He perceives things as they truly are. We cannot fool Him. When we allow ourselves to be real before Him, it doesn’t matter what others think. If the God of the universe has accepted us, then who cares about anyone else’s opinion? It is impossible to please both God and man. We must make a choice. Humans look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. Align your heart with His. Let go of impression management that focuses on outward appearance. Receive God’s unconditional love and enjoy the freedom to be yourself before Him!
Dear Lord, may I live for You alone. Help me transition from a people pleaser to a God pleaser. Amen.