“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.”
Galatians 1:10 NIV
One of the facts of life is that you will never be able to please everybody. This should be very liberating because if you’ve been stressing yourself out by trying to make everyone happy, you can now be relieved of that duty because it’s an impossible task. Being a people pleaser will only lead to frustration, stress, exhaustion, and disappointment. Human beings are fickle and unpredictable in nature, so to know what they want all of the time is impossible. Trying to impress people to gain their acceptance is futile, and depending on how you receive rejection, it can send you into depression.
In essence, trying to please people takes your focus off of your ultimate task—pleasing God. God said with Him, not people, your reward will be exceedingly great (see Genesis 15:1). You may get a temporary thrill from the praise and acceptance from people, but that soon fades away especially when another demand from that person arises. When God rewards you, the thrill never leaves because when you keep Him first and aim to continually please Him, blessings chase you down. The Apostle Paul clearly points out that pleasing people is useless because it takes away from your true calling—pleasing God.
On Judgment Day, you will stand before God Almighty and give an account of your life. You won’t stand before the people you tried to please. You need to keep your focus on God because He is the only One who can give you an everlasting reward. The joy and peace you get from pleasing Him outweighs any earthly, temporary reward that you will ever get from people. You’ll be happier and have a satisfying life when you put your time, energy, and effort into the things of God and not into the praise and acceptance of people.
Meditation Scripture (s):
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Acts 5:29 NIV)
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them. (John 12:43 GW)