People Pleaser by Renee Fisher

People Pleaser
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

— Psalm 56:4

Pleasing people is a part of life. The list could include parents, teachers, friends, pas- tors, co-workers, bosses, lovers, mates, and children. Here are three ways we sometimes please these types of people.

Sometimes we please people because Jesus requires it. Submitting to authority is key. Children submitting to parents and slaves to their masters (which in today’s stan- dards are workers and bosses) are examples of submitting to authority (see Ephesians 6:1-9).

We also please people because we can’t say “no.” What better way to inch our way into the inner circle than saying “yes” to every invitation to every party? Meanwhile our grades, sleep, attitudes, and thoughts become warped. Feeling compelled to say “yes” to everyone’s desires is quite draining. The requests may not be evil, bad, or wrong, but they are time-consuming. It’s tough to set boundaries (see 1 ...

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