Are you a people pleaser?
I don’t know about you, but I sure am! Big time, actually. Pleasing others has always been something I’ve done because it makes me feel better about myself and more loved.
Did you know that the Bible speaks of this specifically? I had no idea that it did, but one day I was reading in the first chapter of Galatians, and I found this verse. Here’s what Paul writes in verse 10.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or God?
Or, am I trying to please man?
If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
You know how people sometimes cough in their throat whenever they want you to pay attention? When I read this verse, I felt like Someone must have been tapping on my shoulder and saying, “Cough, Cough, Sarah, Cough!”
Is Someone tapping on your shoulder too? What is He trying to teach you about how you live your day-to-day life through this verse?
Are you seeking for approval from others? Maybe it’s time for all of us to realize that we have all the security of self we could ever need. All we have to do is seek Christ instead of seeking after our peers.
Posted in God is Greater, Walking Down the Narrow Road, When the Day Gets You Down
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One of my favorite movies is Elf with Will Ferrell. There’s a scene where Buddy follows his dad, “Papa Elf” into the workshop for Santa’s sleigh. In this scene, Papa Elf tells Buddy that Santa’s sleigh runs with the help of a turbo engine. “But Dad,” Buddy begins to ask, “I thought Santa’s sleigh was powered by Christmas cheer?” And that’s when he saw it. The “Claus-ometer” was running on zero. Faith in Christmas was at an all-time low, and it was their job to figure out how to make the sleigh fly.
They tried securing another engine to the sleigh, but it fell off in mid-flight on Christmas Eve. The sleigh was merely flying on fumes of Christmas spirit. There was only way to get the sleigh to fly: to help others have faith in Christmas once more.
Do you ever feel like you are running off of fumes of your faith? Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where it seems impossible to have faith. A bad thing may happen to you or a person that you know, and faith feels just outside of our grasp.
One of my best friends and I were talking about this last night, and he told me something that I will never forget. “Sometimes,” he told me, “we have to be someone else’s faith for them.
Having faith is so much more than just believing in God and that Jesus died and rose again. Having faith is remaining in the sincere confidence that God is faithful, too. We stray; we lose our faith; we feel as though we have nothing left to give or receive, but God is also there. He is faithful.
Faith in God is what rejuvenates us. It’s the faith of those around us that inspire us. It’s the faith of those around us–a simple way in which they remind us of God’s love–that picks us up again. God is so good, but sometimes we just have to be reminded of that.
The same is true for others. Just as we need others to have faith for us in our times of doubt, we also need to have faith for someone in their times of doubt.
Whenever you feel like you are running on the fumes of your former faith, take a moment to look up. See all of those around you that are living in faith for you. Be inspired. Be filled with their faith. Whenever those around you fall, don’t ever lose your faith in him or her.
Sometimes having faith also means being someone else’s faith.
Posted in God is Greater, Life as Seen on the Big Screen, When the Day Gets You Down
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Have you ever met an angel?
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning walking to my Psychology class, I always see one of the shuttle drivers.We stop and exchange the routine, “Good morning. It sure is beautiful this morning! Have a great day!” conversation. Although I never knew his name, I always considered him to be my newfound friend. Today, however, I finally had the pleasure of meeting him.
On the shuttle ride, we talked about the weather; we talked about the morning. He told me that he didn’t understand how someone could be a “morning person.”He told me that he was “an all-day person.” “Every day is a gift,” he told. “After seventy-five years of gifts, you realize that every day should be filled with smiles.” I was so touched by his optimism, a rare jewel it seems, that I introduced myself before I got off. His name was Charles, but he told me to call him “LaLa.” While I shook his hand and received the blessing of his smile and his wishes for a good day, I realized that I had met an angel.
Today, go out into the world and find your angels. Have a “Tuesday with _” you fill in the blank. Find and appreciate those that God has placed in your life to encourage you in your walk with God. Sure, we have hard times, but God is calling us to live like my friend LaLa—abandoned to the ways of this world and trusting that God is in control.
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). Only once we “let go and let God,” we are finally able to spread the joy of Christ. We are finally able to be someone’s angel.
Posted in Live Radically, Random Realization, The Greatest of These is Love, When the Day Gets You Down
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