people pleaser 4 A few years ago,  I realized:  if I please people, I will displease people. If I please God, I will please God. You see, God was meant to be pleased, but to please anything BUT God brings:  1) displeasure to people  2) disappointment to God  3) discouragement to ourselves.  Did you know the Apostle Paul used to be a people pleaser? In Galatians 1:10, he said, “I am not trying to please people. I want to please God. Do you think I am trying to please people? If I were doing that, I would not be a servant of Christ.” This has two great implications for any of us who are! 1) Paul used to be a people pleaser, so he gets us  2) Paul no longer was a people pleaser, so there’s hope for us.  When I can find an example of someone in the bible who walked through what I’ve walked through, I am SO encouraged!  When I did research on this verse, in the KJV translation it uses the word “yet” in this verse, implying that he used to be a people pleaser, but he was no more. Before Christ, Paul pleased people. They wanted him to persecute people? He did. They wanted him to stone people? He did. They wanted him to bully people? He did. But then Paul accepted Christ. And now he was at a precipice. Because he could not serve two masters. And Paul chose one. Jesus. He would transition from people pleaser to Jesus pleaser. And if he could—that only meant one thing—I could.  And you can too!  If you want 3 practical things I do to handle people-pleasing, email me at heather@wondherful.com

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