Don't just be a people pleaser.
As much as you want everyone to like you, and as much as you want people to think you’re doing a good job, remember what really matters. Colossians 3:23, 24 reminds us that we serve God, not people. We are responsible to Him. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (NASB).
What a freeing thought! His expectations are the only ones that really matter. Of course it’s fun to make people happy. And often God calls us to do that. But before accepting responsibilities, saying “yes,” or even acting in a certain way, consider your motives. Are you just doing this so that people will be happy with you? Or do you feel that God is leading you to do it? Invest your time and energy in things that God asks you to do. Be the person God wants you to be. This may not always get glory and praise from others, but it will be the most rewarding in the end. Don’t be afraid to be honest about who you are, what your gifts are, and how God wants you to invest your time and energy.
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