A Need to Please

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“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” James 1:17, KJV

So many of us go throughout our entire life trying hard to make others happy, feeling a need to please, and never wanting to disappoint those we love. The reward may be their gratitude, but the consequence is pure exhaustion.

When God divinely places someone in your life, you don’t have to try so hard. If you never called to pray with them, they would still love you. If you never invited them over for dinner, they would still love you. More than what you do, they sincerely love YOU. You have found favor in their eyes and it’s not based on what you do or don’t do.

God is the same way. Don’t try to work so hard to win the affection of a loving God that is already fully convinced of His love for you. Ease up on yourself and begin to enjoy the Lord, enjoy your life, and enjoy the relational treasures He has given you. They are rich blessings designed to enrich your life, not add sorrow to it.

Prayer: Father God, forgive me if I have frustrated Your grace. When I try hard to make others happy, I end up exhausted. Thank You for reminding me of Your unconditional love that is not performance-based. Keep me secure in Your love and help me enjoy You, this life and the people You have given me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

(Read Proverbs 10:22)

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