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John 3:30

He must become greater; I must become less.

God has been dealing with me on this issue. I have been reading You Are The Girl For The Job, By: Jess Connolly. In this book, Jess says,

“You may not care a thing about beauty, and motherhood may not be on your radar. I realize that these are easy examples for some of us to relate to and easy for others of us to dismiss. But it doesn’t change the undeniable truth that somewhere in your life, there is temptation to measure up, to compete, to stand out, to rank. Where in your life do you feel a constant or frequent desire to look to the left or the right and compare yourself to others? Maybe you’d never admit that your trying to be the best, but quietly you’re spinning your wheels. You might never dream of saying it out loud to another human, but you’re silently exploring where you rank at ______________________________.” 

The question is: Why do we push ourselves to compete? Why do we push ourselves to stand out? Is it for ourselves or is it to give God the glory?

This is a question I ask myself daily as I start this ministry for single moms. I ask myself because I am a people pleaser. I have a tendency to do things for the approval of people and not to glorify God. Not that I don’t want to glorify God, I do more than anything. I guess it is more of fearing rejection and the disapproval of people and so I strive to be perfect, to be the best so that no one can find fault with what I do. I fear criticism. I have found however, that you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try. There are those people who will find fault no matter what you do. They aren’t the ones that matter anyway.

ONLY GOD MATTERS!!! I am not perfect. God does not care that I am not perfect. He does not expect me to be perfect, as long as I am obedient to His will. He loves me, imperfections and all!

So, why do I want to serve single moms? Is it so I can get the accolades of being a ministry leader? Is it so that people see ME? I can honestly answer NO! to both questions. I don’t like the spotlight. I don’t like being the center of attention. I have a burden to see single moms and their kids build a relationship with Jesus. I have felt this burden since 2006. I have a burden to love single moms to Jesus.

“We cannot seek God’s glory and our own at the same time.” Jess Connolly

Ask yourself:

Are you serving to glorify God or yourself? Are you seeking to please God or people? Are you running your own race or are you running God’s race? Be honest with yourself.

JESUS MUST COME FIRST! WE MUST COME LAST!

 

 

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Pleasing God

 

Galatians 1:10

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

I have always been a people pleaser. I have always been sensitive to criticism, even constructive criticism. I find myself living and working so that others will not find fault with what I do. I don’t like confrontations. I don’t like when other people are upset with me. This is my personality. It isn’t a bad thing to want to do my best, but it becomes a bad thing when the reason I want to do my best is for the approval of people and not for the approval of God. I have found that even when I do my best, I will not please everyone. Someone will be dissatisfied or upset by what I do. I would take so much pressure off of myself if I just focused my efforts on the things that please God. God is the only one that really matters. If I do what is right in God’s eyes, nothing else really matters.

Do you work to please man or God? Do you live to please man or God? Do you make decisions based on the opinions of man or God? The next time you have a decision to make, instead of asking yourself if so and so will approve, ask yourself if God will approve. You can take so much stress off of yourself by focusing on what God wants of you. Don’t worry about pleasing mom and dad, boyfriend, friends, or bosses, if it isn’t what God would want for you then don’t do it.

I know it is hard to deal with the disappointment or anger of loved ones, but challenge yourself this next week and only do what God would approve of and see if you aren’t blessed in the process.

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