Poor, pitiful people pleasers… Guess we all slip off into that category from time to time. It’s hard to avoid but not impossible to overcome. The condition first pops up at an early age. Children desire the approval of parents and teachers and seek adult affection. As adults, we must be careful not to set our standards too high. We can break their fragile spirit.
In the teenage season of life, many young people no longer care as much about pleasing adults. Under the stresses and demands of peer pressure, teens have their focus on pleasing the in-crowd. They want to fit-in their crowd and go to extremes in efforts to blend in. They unknowingly become carbon copies of those they emulate.
As followers of Christ we are compelled to please him as in obedience he pleases the Father. Paul is an example to follow. “Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10 RSV).” Satisfied, sustained Savior servants…fall in step!