Aiming To Please
Posted on January 22, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Comparison is something I struggle with every day. I compare myself to family members, friends, celebrities, and even strangers on the internet. It’s hard to not compare yourself to others when social media plays a huge part in today’s society. In these moments of comparison, that is when we need to focus on the truth. God has big plans for your life; however, it is so easy to miss out on some of His greatest blessings by trying to live by the world’s standards.
Galatians 1:10 says, “For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ”
We are all sinful and broken by nature. We have untrue and harmful thoughts and feelings. That’s why seeking approval from man instead of God only leads to disappointment and frustration. God’s love is perfect; He knows our hearts and souls so deeply and intimately. Rejection by others is inevitable; it’s not something that is easy to deal with. However, we can use man’s rejection to draw even closer to God, who will never reject us. While the world is against us, God is for us. Every single time.
In my life, comparison has brought me nothing but anxiety. I have moments where I feel like I never could live up to the high standards of society. Often times I think I could be smarter, prettier, skinnier; or maybe that I’m doing too much or not doing enough. Instead, I should be looking at myself and realizing that God made me who I am for a purpose. It’s natural to want to be liked by others, but it’s essential to realize that we will always come up short if we place our worth in people and not in God.
Learning to love and see ourselves the way God does is a long and never-ending journey, but He wants to see you through it. God loves us so much, and He wants us to draw near to Him, especially with difficult things such as this. I pray this becomes easier for anyone who is reading this through prayer and spending time in the Word. You are always worth it to God, and He will never stop pursuing you.
Written by Catey Stover: Catey Stover serves as the Marketing Assistant at America’s Keswick. She loves the Lord and has a heart for serving others, especially the next generation.
Think About This: “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become” -C.S. Lewis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is [d]for you, but you should rule over it.” -Genesis 4:7
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.