image “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.” See, before Christ, Paul pleased people. They wanted him to persecute people? He did. They wanted him to stone people? He did. But then Paul accepted Christ. At a precipice, he realized he could not serve two masters, people and Christ. So Paul chose one, Christ. He would transition from people-pleaser to Jesus-pleaser. And if he could—we can. Author and Counselor, Lou Priolo says there is a word for our current day “people pleasing” syndrome: idolatry. It’s looking to someone else to do for me those things that only God can do. And if we just get real here: people pleasing is idolatry, idolatry is a sin, I’m sinning when I people-please. And if it’s a sin and we identify it as such, that’s actually GOOD news because one, Jesus paid for that sin so we don’t have to, and two, there is always a way out of a sin with God! So here are 3 super-uber simple tips I’ve personally practiced to (almost) eradicate people-pleasing from my life:
1) Pray each morning, “God lead me to please you today” and every night, pray, “God help me to please you tomorrow.” God says, “you do not have because you do not ask.” If you truly aspire to please God, ask God for it!
2) Christian counseling. Being proactive is flossing and brushing. But getting Christian-counseling is extracting what is rotten!
3) Read “People Pleasing” by Lou Priolo and “Approval Addiction” by Joyce Meyer

I hope this encourages someone today!

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