I read the other day that if you care what other people think, you will always be their prisoner. I have to agree with that statement. For a good chunk of my life I was a total people-pleaser. I wanted people to like me and if someone didn’t like me, I’d try to win their favor with kindness. But as my attention shifted from pleasing men to pleasing God I began to care less and less what other people thought.
Let’s be honest, rejection hurts. In life, we want to be known and to be loved. The same could be said about God. He wants us to know Him and to love Him. We are created in His image, after all.
Recently my friend Alma and I went to this spot Pop Killer in downtown LA. They had the funkiest accessories and coolest vintage dresses I’d seen in a while. As I searched through the eclectic items, I thought about how freeing it is to be able to be who God created me to be. And I remembered how painful it felt to live in bondage to others. Life is too short to please others my friends.
“Stop living to please everyone else. God gave you a unique heart , so do what He wants you to do. -Joyce Meyer