One of my natural personality traits is that I have a tendency to be a bit of a ‘people pleaser’. I have never been fond of saying ‘no‘ to people as it makes me feel like I’m letting them down. I really don’t like to offend people either and I would often find myself ‘teetering’ around difficult individuals, so as not to upset them. The thought of not being liked would plague me and I would worry about what people thought of me. The pressure to ‘please’ was immense and I would strive to ensure that people liked me.
This proved to be a deadly trap for me, as no matter how hard I tried to please people, there would always be someone that didn’t like me. I realised that I would never be able to please everyone and no matter how nice I was and how good my intentions were, there would always be the potential to ‘rub people up the wrong way’ and cause offence, even when I didn’t mean to.
Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
I wanted to be free from this fear of man and I recognised that it was hindering me in my walk with God and stopping me from moving forward into the things that God had called me to do. I was always so worried that people would look at me and think, “Who does she think she is?” I didn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea about me.
I asked God to help me with this area of ‘people pleasing’ and was given the revelation that when I put my trust and confidence in God, I discovered security and a safe place of complete acceptance. People can be fickle and cast judgment but God is the only one that could ever know our hearts true intentions.
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