MATTHEW 11:16 "But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting
in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye
have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither
eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and
drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and
sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children."
Are you beating your head against a wall trying to please someone else? Trying to be
who somebody else thinks you should be? Trying to do what other people think you
should do? Wouldn't you rather just be yourself?
STOP TRYING TO PLEASE THEM!
If you are trapped in the vicious cycle of rising up just to be knocked back down don't get
up! Now, by that I don't mean stop being the best you can be but stop trying to be what
others think you should be. You will never be able to please all the fault finders so
why keep trying! It seems like when we don't please these people, when they find fault with
us no matter what we do, the joy is just drained out of our lives. What gives them the right
to take the sunshine out of our day! We do! We allow them to make our lives
miserable. I have one person in particular in my life who I have never been able to buy a
present that pleased them. No matter what I buy, they take it back, put it on a shelf or give
it to someone else. This used to hurt my feelings until I finally realized that they
were the one with the problem. It really wasn't about me at all. Now, I don't spend a
lot of time on selecting a gift. I give them the present and tell them I have the receipt if
they want to exchange it and I forget about it. I don't allow their reaction to hurt my
feelings anymore. That way, they can get what they want and I have peace of mind!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Did you chose your occupation because someone else thought you should? Do you buy your clothes to please someone else? Are you trying to fit into someone else's mold? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to stop trying to be who others think you should and learn the joy of living free from the condemnation of fault finders. Jesus had people following Him around just trying to find something wrong with Him. He knows exactly how you feel. Talk to Him about this area of your life and ask Him to help you strive only to please Him and not let these other people keep you discouraged and disappointed with yourself. You are His creation and only He has the right to criticize you!
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