To Please or Not to Please

"That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:10).

I loved homeschooling my children when they were four, five, and six years old because it was so easy to teach them. Curious and loving, my children were as anxious to please as they were to learn. Mom and Dad's approval meant the world to them as they attempted to master new skills, and any words of encouragement and affirmation from us were soaked up like a sponge. Granted, at this age my children loved learning for learning's sake, but in large part, they also studied hard, so we would be proud of their educational accomplishments.

As Christians, God also desires that we come before His presence and live to please Him. He has so much to teach us and knows we'll be happiest if we understand His will and obey His plan for our lives. However, many of us ignore God's desire and waste years seeking the approval and affirmation of others, including our own family. As we attempt to please everyone but the One who loves us most, we eventually find ourselves burned out and frustrated.

How about you? Are you so busy trying to please everyone that you've forgotten about pleasing God? If you struggle in keeping Christ your first love, consider the One who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for your sins. With so great a love, doesn't He deserve to be number one on your "to please" list? "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" (Hebrews 13:15-16).

Heavenly Father, every breath and every moment I experience on Earth is from You. Teach me to worship and please You with all that I am. All glory to You for being such a loving and wonderful God. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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LORRIE C 07/01/2011 05:13:48

Yes and AMEN!!!!!!

LYDIA L 07/01/2011 05:35:33

Amen. The cares of this world like to creep in and choke out the good seeds. We need Jesus to help us we can,t do it on our own. Thanks for the encouragement. Lee

KATHY S 07/01/2012 11:01:23

Just as \"George Bailey\" looked up and said \"I\'m not a praying man God, but if you\'re up there, please help me\". (\"It\'s a Wonderful Life\" Movie) I know I have found myself being just like George, Geiorge was a good person, helped everybody, sacrifced his dreams for his brother\'s sake. But, we didn\'t see George praying until that moment of desperation, when he was going to be arrested and his Uncle had lost all that he had. Just as George, I too do what a good Christian person does for others, I sacrifice for thise that I love, But do I really ut God 1st? I try. But that\'s not good enough, God must be #1. I am \"saved\", I love Jesus, and I pray frequently. But, like George and alot of others, I too wait until there\'s a full blown catastophe to actually get down on my knee\'s and ask for him to take over and help me, and Praise him with all I have. Excellent Devotional today. A great reminder. Thank you. (P.S. AOP, still not getting these Blogs, accessing from last week, don\'t know why. Thanks)

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