The Need to Please
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?
If you look up ‘people pleasers’ in the dictionary you might find a picture of a mom. A mom is always trying to please the people in her life: serving, going the extra mile to please her loved ones. There is nothing wrong with trying to make people happy as long as we don’t get out of balance. It is easy to start to believe that it is our job as a mom to make everyone happy in our family and that their state of contentment depends on us. But, it is not your job as a mom to “do” everything for everyone. If you do, you will easily get off course in life and your main job will become pleasing your family, consequently losing your focus on God.
Children can easily become our idol. An idol is anything we worship or adore more than God. If, throughout your day, you are focusing your attention on your children more than you think of God, then your children might be an idol. If you go weeks without talking to God but you are consumed with situations in your child’s life, never once talking to God about it, your children might be an idol. It is easy to allow this to happen. Be aware. Ask God if you are guilty of this reality.
Idols can creep into our lives in many ways. Always be aware of “who” it is you are serving. Are you serving man and man’s approval or are you seeking God? You need to be asking yourself this question on a regular basis.
Show me, open my eyes if I have allowed my need to please my family to consume my life. If I have, Lord, please forgive me. I want to be a good mom, but more than anything, I want to follow after You, first and foremost. God, show me how to balance all my duties as a mom and to keep You first in my life. I love You!
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