word for today


As I get older, the need to please people has diminished. I have learned that the act of people-pleasing isn’t a positive trait but is often a sign of my own insecurity and worse, pride. But just because I learn something doesn’t mean it’s banned from the stage. It’s only when I’m made aware or when I sense that a people-pleasing scene is about to begin, that I must yank that curtain cord. How do I know I’m on the verge? Here are some signs: If I want to say no, but I say yes. If I want to take the blame but it’s not my fault. If I’m about to lie and say I agree, but I really don’t. My reasons to please suddenly become all about me and the preservation of my feelings. All at once, my pride has become the main character of this sneaky scene and has slithered center-stage into the spotlight. So because God hates the sin of pride, which is at the root of the sin of people-pleasing, close that curtain or have that hook ready! (For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10; Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3)

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Suzanne Sommerville

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Christ-follower, daughter, mom, Mimi to 6 grandchildren, teacher, writer, and musician

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