Be a God-Pleaser

Be a God-Pleaser

Woman facing the sunrise

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.—GALATIANS 1:10 NIV

Sometimes we work ourselves to the bone because we have no choice. Other times, we do it to win the approval of others.

Today, let’s be honest with ourselves. Are we run-down? Worn out? If that’s the result of situations we can’t control, let’s ask the Lord to give us the strength we need to keep going. But if we’re exhausted because we’re afraid of letting someone down or hurting his or her feelings, it might be time to reassess. If we’re up to our eyebrows in work, overlooking other options for the people under our care, then we might be caught up in the “manpleaser” game.

Here’s how the game works: We do our best to make others happy—at any expense. Our health, our finances, our time. We sacrifice in unbalanced ways because we’re concerned about what people will think of us.

Today, let’s aim to be God-pleasers. Let’s do the things He calls us to—nothing more and nothing less.

Today's Prayer:

Lord, You see my heart. You know what struggles I have in accomplishing these tasks. Redirect my thoughts, Father, to pleasing You rather than men.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts