Pleasing Others

Last week I had a long conversation with someone who was a little distressed because they were struggling with making others happy.  While it seems like a majority of people in our society are focused on “looking out for number one” and are not concerned about any one else there are many who are too worried about making others happy.  While I do not profess to know everything, there are a couple of things that I do know to be facts.  First, you cannot make everybody happy.  Second, you are not supposed to worry about making everybody happy.  As a matter of fact the Bible says in Luke 6:26

Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.”  Luke 6:26

Our goal in this world should not be to make everybody happy.  People are fickle and some of them have their own agenda and they will tell you what they want to hear simply to manipulate you.  Some of them don’t even know what they want or need to be happy and have issues that they are dealing with and you can never meet their needs; you will never make them happy.  Our goal should be to please the Lord.  The bible says in Colossians 3:23 – 24

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

The Lord loves you.  He has no hidden agenda.  He simply wants to be in a personal relationship with you.  There will be times where you let Him down but He will always be willing to forgive you.  There will be times when you feel like you cannot do the things He has asked you to do but He will always be willing to strengthen you.  Seek to fulfill your God-given roles in this life.  Seek to do everything as unto the Lord.  Seek to be the brother or sister He has called you to be.  Seek to be the friend He has called you to be.  If you do that, you will find that you will please the Lord.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if you please some others along the way too.

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About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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