Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetSeveral years ago I had a revelation: if I aim to please people, I will displease people AND God. But if I seek to please God, I will always 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 implications for any people-pleasers out there! 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’m going 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: to please man and God. So Paul chose One. He would transition from people pleaser to Jesus pleaser. If he could—that only meant one thing—we could! If you want 3 practical things I do (on a daily basis) to handle people-pleasing, email me at heather@wondherful.com. I hope this pleases someone today! 🙂

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