Dear friends and readers, We know from Scripture and from history that, whenever people earnestly seek God in prayer and put their faith into action, He moves. Today we’re seeing pockets of revival in Africa and America—with the recent Greg Laurie crusade in LA. People coming together in repentance and prayer, and seeing God move. …Read More
People will sometimes say: ‘I tried Christianity but it didn’t work for me.’
Imagine waiting 30 years for your prayers to be answered! For many of us, patience is not our best quality. Our ‘on demand’ culture expects God to act, and in the next thirty seconds! But doing great things for God rarely happens that quickly. Jesus waited 30 years before beginning His ministry on earth. Abraham …Read More
The first school and first newspaper in Australia were staffed by Christians. We are all called to write the Word of God on the hearts of the next generation. The Christian heritage we enjoy today did not happen by accident. One man who left an enduring heritage is John Flynn, featured on our $20 banknote. …Read More
At almost one-quarter the length of a footy field, it’s pretty hard not to notice when one of David Sweeny’s trucks pulls up alongside you. You might say Dave’s got a very big Vision to change lives all over Australia! Dave is ecstatic about the fact he’s been able to use his everyday business to …Read More
‘I trust You and am not afraid. No one can harm me.’ Psalm 56:11 CEV
The approval of others is something we all enjoy, but you don’t need it in order to have self-worth. In fact, people-pleasing will cause you to lose self-worth. You turn yourself inside out for others and just when you think you’ve succeeded, they change their minds. Besides robbing you of your peace of mind, people-pleasing makes it impossible to follow God’s direction—and that ultimately is your greatest loss.
If you’re a people-pleaser, changing the habits of a lifetime won’t be easy. It will require facing what you fear and asking God for the courage to follow through. David said, ‘I trust You and am not afraid. No one can harm me.’ When it comes to people-pleasing, you must understand two things:
(1) Breaking the cycle means risking rejection by saying no when others expect to hear yes. When the people in your life are used to meek, compliant responses, they’ll react negatively until they get used to ‘the new you’. Navigating these waters will be intimidating at first, but is it really any worse than living your life in fear of other people’s reactions?
(2) You may have to explain to others that in the past you sought their approval because you felt insecure, but that’s no longer the case. The important thing is to act now! Breaking any habit involves temporary discomfort, but your only other option is to spend your life feeling trapped. You can choose to suffer short term on the way to freedom, or long term by continuing to engage in the struggle to please others.
Today, make the right choice.
SoulFood: 2 Kings 5:1–27, Matt 6:19–34, Acts 5:1–11
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021