Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! Well…another new week begins…and my prayer today is that we will take hold of God…and only God; that we may find Him walking with us, throughout each day of this brand new week.
You know, as I look back on my life…the one thing that I seemed to struggle with the most, were the moments when I tried to live up to other people's expectations; and I'll tell you…that can be hard to break, after trying to do that for many years. I don't know how many times in the past, I felt as if I always had to be at the top of the "totem pole"…pleasing others, while living a very miserable life.
As I went through a lot of counseling, for a very dysfunctional past; God began to show me two things. First, He showed me that living up to other people's expectations, would only place me in a prison cell of bondage…one where my life would be continually manipulated, rather than allowing me to live in the freedom, for which Christ died for. The second thing God taught me; is that if I was tied up into other people's expectations; then those expectations would also keep me from doing what Christ had created me to be for Him.
This morning, as I was thinking even more on this; God began to lead me to a Bible verse in Galatians 1:10, which reads… "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."
Let's face it…we were created in a way; where we would only be able to focus on one thing at a time. In other words…if we are focusing on other people…and trying to please them; then how would we ever find the time to devote our lives to Christ and have a personal relationship with Him? You know…there is a difference between helping someone…for that comes from a heart of love and care; but when we find ourselves pleasing others; then that only allows our hearts to be controlled…in a way that only keeps us distant from God and life itself.
Sometimes I wonder why we allow ourselves to be controlled by other people? Is it because we feel the need to be loved and accepted in this life? One thing I have truly come to see throughout my own life; is that this is not the way to go about it. Yes…this may help us to feel accepted by others; but is this the life we truly long to live?
Over time, I have had to let go of some people in my life…and it's not because I hate them or don't care about them…it's only because their expectations began to take control of my life, while attempting to shift me in a direction that would take me away from serving God.
I have truly learned that sometimes we have to let go of people and let them go into the hands of God. As I have done this in my life…it hasn't been easy; but I do pray for them…and the one thing that God has truly showed me; is that I can find freedom and the life that He longs for me to live; but that only comes, when we are willing to let go of people's expectations…to only please God.
Have a very blessed day…and I will see ya soon!
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