There are so many opinions and preferences out there. Which makes a great deal of sense since there are so many people in this world! We are all different and we all see things a tad bit different. That is totally fine. We are all entitled to have an opinion and live our life accordingly. What gets exhausting is when opinions are thrown around as facts. Then can come the struggle of trying to make sure we are aren’t stepping on other people’s opinions in our own lives. I have come to the conclusion that we can never please everyone. No matter how hard you try, there will still be something wrong with something you are doing….in someone’s opinion! By constantly striving to please everyone we are robbing our own contentment. We can soon forget exactly who we are and what we stand for.
So since we can’t please everyone, we need to change our focus onto pleasing God. If we constantly seek him and ask for his hand in our lives, we can rest assured that we are pleasing the one who matters. He knows our heart, he knows our life, and he knows what is best for us. His opinion is the one that matters. So when people give their opinions, I am not saying to be rude or blow them off, rather take be kind and take it to God in prayer. What does he want you to do? When you know you are pleasing God you can find a contentment not found in pleasing man.
Scripture to ponder:
Galatians 1:10- “….do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
Proverbs 21:2- “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.”
Homework for the heart:
Is there anyone you are struggling to please today? Take it to God in prayer. Ask him to lead you where he wants you, and make you into who he wants you to be. Even though it may be hard to do what you feel God calling you to vs. what someone thinks you should do, know that His way is far better than ours or anyone else’s way for our life.
Is there anyone in your life that you think “is doing it wrong?” Try and extend grace and understanding, you never know where God may be leading them.