Pleasing God Not People
"Our purpose is to please God, not people." - 1 Thessalonians 2:4
I started playing sports in elementary school and it didn't take long at all for me to develop a performance-based identity. Sports became not just what I did but who I was. There are a few big problems with this. First, it is very unhealthy to think that my value as a person is based on how well I performed in sport. Further, it is easy to let the cheers of the crowd become something one seeks. Another problem with this is that, while all of these unhealthy thoughts are in my head and feelings are in my heart, my sports participation is being encouraged and even pushed to go deeper.
As a Christian, I have to realize that there are two things that compete for my motivation:
1. I seek the approval of people and perform to earn it.
2. I already have God's approval and love and I am motivated by gratitude.
Father, thank you for your love. Remind me that I never need to try to perform for you and that I cannot earn what you freely give - namely your love and grace and mercy. May I not take actions to seek approval but know that I am approved and let that be a launching pad into loving you in my thoughts, words, and deeds.
Posted on Wed, September 20, 2017
by Kerry O'Neill filed under