I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to please others. No matter who the person is, I want them to like me. It took me a long time to realize that this was unfulfilling, but when I did I decided to make a change. Towards the end of high school I made it a goal to act without anyone else in mind, only myself. I made the mistake of thinking this was a step in the right direction when it was actually another wrong turn. Instead of trying to make people happy, I started fighting them. I was always arguing with my parents and my teachers, I stormed out of class on more than one occasion, and I cut some of my best friends out of my life.
You can never find satisfaction living for other people or living for yourself. When you do, your feelings of success and accomplishment are short-lived and easily washed away. Galatians 1:10 reads, “Am I trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” It is so easy not to live for Christ but it is so worth it. He gives me the approval I spent so much time seeking in other people. He quiets the voice in my head that criticizes what I say, do, and look like. Now I want people to look at my life and see Jesus, His love and His grace. It’s not about me. It’s all about Him.
This blog is operated by the Young Life Leaders at the University of Illinois & Parkland. A different leader will post daily over winter break. Our hope is to push each other to grow, & to love Jesus more.
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