“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.” Proverbs 29:25
In life, there will always be people who try to squeeze you into their mold ~ there will be people who try to pressure you into being who they want you to be. They may be good people, they may mean well but the problem is that they aren’t your creator. They didn’t breathe life into you, they didn’t equip you, empower you or anoint you ….. our Almighty God did all that!
If you’re going to be all that God created you to be, you can’t focus on what everybody else thinks. If you change with every criticism, trying to win the favor of others, then you’ll go through life being manipulated and letting people squeeze you into their box, a doormat so to speak. You have to realize that you can’t keep every person happy, you can’t make everyone like you and you’ll never win over all of your critics.
So instead of trying to please people, try to focus on you and God. When you get up in the morning, ask the Lord to search your heart. Ask Him if your ways are pleasing to Him. Stay focused on your goals. If people don’t understand you, that’s okay. If you lose some friends because you wouldn’t let them control you, they weren’t true friends anyway. You don’t need other’s approval; you only need Almighty God’s approval. Keep your heart and mind submitted to Him and be free from people pleasing!
Father God, I come humbly to You today. I invite You to search my heart and mind. Let my ways be pleasing to You. Let my thoughts be Your thoughts. Thank You for setting me free from people pleasing in Jesus’ name. Amen.