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 smile and gratitude, but the consequence is pure exhaustion. When God places people 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. And if you never did anything else to bless them, they would still love you because they love YOU. More than what you do and more than what you say, they sincerely love YOU. You have found favor with those God has put in your life and it’s not because of anything you do or don’t do. God is the exact 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 dear and begin to enjoy the Lord, enjoy your life, and really enjoy the relational treasures He has given you. They are rich blessings designed to enrich your life, not add sorrow to it.

Prayer: Dear Father, 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 love and favor. Keep me secure in Your love and enjoying the life and the people You have given me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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