Pleasing other people maybe one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my life. Always striving for the approval of the people around me used to be my main priority. They said that it is because other people matter a lot to me. But I’m pretty sure that I don’t have an isolated case 🙂
Once in your life, other people mattered to you more than yourself. There are these people whom you’ve always wanted to be a huge part of every decision you make. You do not come up with an action without consulting them or just thinking what they might say about what you’re going to do. It’ll be prefect if you and the influential people in your life have the same opinion on something. What if what you feel like doing is the total opposite of what they want you to do? Are you going to take courage and do it your way, or will you just lean on their judgment on your situation?
Little decisions maybe a lot easier to make. But the crucial ones scare us the most. This is why we resort to letting other people decide for us. But the problem is that once we get comfortable with giving them the weight of our life situations, we tend to adapt their judgment and standards of what should and should not be done.This may be good in lessening your load. But at the end of the day, will you be happy with whatever will be the result of these decisions knowing that they are not yours? If it goes right, you can take no credit—well..this one’s okay. But if it goes wrong, who’s to blame?
This brings us back to the idea that once we adapt the standards of other people, their approval becomes the success of whatever decisions we make. And we chase it. We chase their approval. It becomes the basis of almost everything we do. Taking advice is fine, but being completely affected by other people might cause you more disappointments. Their disappointment become yours as well.
If there’s this ONE that we will be PLEASED to PLEASE..it’ll only be Him. That’s the irony of it all. He, who is the authority of all authorities, is the easiest to please. You can die trying to get the approval of the world, but to get His favor…you only have to ACCEPT Him and all the grace he never stops giving. Isn’t it nice if someone will come up to you and tell you that he will be grateful if you would accept his gift? To please Him, you don’t have to do anything for Him. To please Him, you only have to do something for yourself. To ACCEPT a Gift. Isn’t it less complicated? And a lot sweeter? ^_^