I know I’m not the only one.
As much as I try to focus my heart and mind on the audience of One, I eventually find myself worrying about what other people think. It’s a vicious cycle. You can spin it many different ways but the bottom line is this – when you’re not living (breathing, trusting, resting) in and for Him – you’re living for yourself and everybody else.
I’ll be raw honest with you…sometimes I care way too much what people think. If God didn’t wrangle me in from time to time (like this morning during my quiet time) and rescue me from myself, I’d surely get lost in the sea of this people-pleasing world. I’d fall under the weight of trying to carry around the burden of always trying to say and do the right thing. It’s exhausting. Frustrating. Meaningless.
What am I (we) looking for anyway?
To be heard?
The crazy thing is – God is already pleased with me (and you). I don’t have to try and earn His love, acceptance or approval because HE stood in the gap for me Himself. He made a way for me (and you) through His Son. He did what I (we) could never do with a lifetime of people pleasing and good works.
When you let this take hold of your heart and mind it shatters the glass facade of life. It doesn’t make sense. It’s hard to grasp and comprehend.
That God would intervene through His Son for you and I to come boldly to Him just as we are is radical.
But it’s true.
So, as He has reminded me this morning, I’m hoping to share this as a reminder for you.
In Christ, the only One that matters is perfectly pleased with me (and you). You don’t need to try and spend yourself trying to please others (it’s impossible by the way). When your heart and life are wrapped up in Him – the overflow of His life in and through you is enough.
After I finished writing this I was looking for a picture on google that would work here and I came across this blog post from Rachael in Atlanta. It fits perfectly so I thought I would share it with you.