My Journey to Joy

December 29, 2011

Please

Filed under: Contemplations — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
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Pleasing…Pleasant…Pleasure

I am a people-pleaser by nature.  I care very much what others think of me.  What started out in childhood as “like me, like me, like me!” has grown into: “notice me! acknowledge me!  approve of me!  compliment me!  admire me!”

There’s nothing inherently wrong in this, but it does have it dangers.  If I let it, my desire to please others can, ironically, chip away at who I really am.  If someone disagrees with me, I tend to stay away from that topic.  If I sense a conflict, I try to change the subject, or insert humor into the situation.  If a person is at odds with me, I often avoid them altogether.  (The exception to all of these is with my closest friends.)  I become a performer, willing to present whatever the audience wishes.

To find something on which everyone agrees, it must be bland, indeed.  Whenever there is variation, there is preference.  Or opinion.  Or belief.  Even conviction.  Even God’s Truths are seen through our own perspectives, personality, and schemata.

I have to remind myself often that there is one Person I must please.  Through the myriad of voices telling me what I must be and do comes His.  And His is quiet.  And His is right.  And His is peace.

And so, I pray, again and again, a simple prayer: “Lord, help me to think what you want me to think.  Help me to do what you want me to do.  Help me to say what you want me to say.  Help me to be what you want me to be.”

Mt 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Does anyone else struggle with this?  I’d love to hear your perspectives!

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June 25, 2011

Larry Crabb on Shattered Dreams

Filed under: Notable Quotables — aunthoddy @ 8:07 PM
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Shattered dreams are never random.  They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story.  The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream.  They are ordained opportunities for the Spirit to awaken, then to satisfy our highest dream.  ~Larry Crabb

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