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I have to admit …
I’m a PEOPLE PLEASER. I want to make everybody happy. And I HATE saying ‘no’.
It seems like so many people want me to do something that I just can’t possibly fit in, would run me down, or is just more than I can handle – and I’m forced to say “NO”. It always makes me feel like I’m LETTING PEOPLE DOWN.
But, I’m pretty sure some of the same stuff happens to you, too.
• They NEED you to chaperone the field trip.
• They WANT you to work the PTA fundraiser.
• They NEED you to put in moreovertime.
• They WANT you on the neighborhood committee.
• They NEED you to work on special reports for that big project.
EVERYBODY wants a piece of you! You feel obligated to say “yes” because you don’t want anyone to be mad at you.
We can all get stuck in this “yes trap” because we have an APPROVAL ADDICTION! The Bible warns us that fearing people is a dangerous TRAP!
“No” is NOT a bad word! No” isactually, an EMPOWERING word. “No” is a word that gives us the ability to step away from those things that may rob our time, steal our focus, take our resources and stress us out.
We can’t always please people AND God at the same time. Put Him first. Say “no” to people…“yes” to God and keep your PEACE!
Are other people’s expectations for you overwhelming your life? Tell us how it makes you feel.
Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.
Galatians 1:10 Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.
How is God encouraging you today?