day 2636: Pleasing

“For we speak as messengers 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.”

Ever gone into a meeting with the objective of pleasing everyone?  It’s a noble goal, but usually it doesn’t turn out as planned.  If we enter into a decision or plan with the goal of pleasing everyone, we will end up with one person not being pleased – and that is likely us.  Why?  Because whatever we undertake that is hard and needs forward movement will not please everyone, because not everyone wants to change or move.  So, if we want to be truly pleased, we need to understand that we can’t please everyone all the time.

And when we find ourselves frustrated with all the people around us and wonder why we even try so hard, we can be reminded that we are not here to please others, we are here to please God.  And when we refocus ourselves in His direction the pleasing seems to work itself out.  Tuesday is always a good day for realignment for the rest of the week.  May there be that realignment for each of us to knowing for whom you are here to please.

Reference: 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (New Living Translation)