“This is what I know for sure: along the way you will disappoint someone. You will not meet someone’s needs or expectations…..
But here’s the good news: you get to decide who you’re going to disappoint, who you’re going to say no to. And it gets easier over time, the disappointing.
What you need along the way: a sense of God’s deep, unconditional love, and a strong sense of your own purpose. Without those two, you’ll need from people what is only God’s to give, and you’ll give up on your larger purpose in order to fulfill smaller purposes or other people’s purposes.”
This book is speaking to the core of who I am – a try-to-make-everyone-in-my-life-happy-at-all-times people pleaser.
And that’s only 1 chapter. I long to have a slower pace, a heart that follows God instead of this world and everything else that tries to take His place.
It’s hard some days – I want to please my family, my co-workers, my choir members, my blog readers, my husband, my parents, my kids…
And the minute I let someone down or disappoint them, goodness I feel like crap. Like I should have done something different. I should have…blah, blah, blah.
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
This is certainly something God is trying to teach me at the moment.
Lord, I’m placing my life on the Potter’s wheel. Mold me. Make me. Fill me. Use me. Wherever You want me, put me there. Change my heart. Change my perspective. Draw me closer to You and let the disappointment of others be the least of my worries as long as I’m pleasing You.
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