Blogember 25: A love letter to yourself.
You have many, many faults. Those faults tend shine through more than you’d like, unfortunately. Two steps forward, five steps backwards, right? Always at the wrong moments, too.
Regardless, you do try. You try really hard to do what is right. You try really hard to be what you should be. You try really hard to please God, and those around you. It’s the constant battle with your flesh that prevents you from really achieving the goal.
People all around you are disappointed, one way or another; small or great. You cannot please everyone, and that’s hard on you. It’s in your nature to be a people-pleaser. Growing up, you received your joy, and were at your happiest, when you knew you made someone happy. That’s why you love helping. That’s why you don’t mind being left out sometimes; you go where you are needed. That’s why you’re quiet.
Yet, you’re human. You still grumble. You still rebel. You’re still selfish. You still have your outbursts. (Too often, I might add.) Keeping in mind that, while being human yourself makes it hard, how much harder is it to then also deal with other humans, let alone please them?
This is why you’re (rightfully) hard on yourself. You can never win. You’ll always fail, even when you think you won. It’s an ugly cycle that won’t stop until you learn that there’s only one entity that you should try and please.
“Wait a minute..He’s perfect. Absolutely perfect. How in the world could I manage to please him more than man?”
Because he loves you.
He never changes. (Hebrews 13:8) He is all knowing, and understanding. (1 Samuel 2:3) He created you. (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13) He has the love of a mother and a father. (Isaiah 66:13; Psalm 103:13) He is your salvation. (Exodus 15:2; John 3:16)
The Bible says that we are not to please man, but to please God. (Galatians 1:10) You’re his servant. Serve to please him.
For what is the will of God?
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
This life is not all about you. (Galatians 5:13) Stop focusing on yourself, and focus on the things above. (Colossians 3:2)
You try. I know you really do. Continue to put your efforts toward God. You won’t be disappointed. (Philippians 4:4, 7; Psalm 40:8)
P.S. If you ever need a gentle reminder, read Psalm 27.