Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Am I Trying to Impress?

This morning, I found myself overwhelmed and in tears. I let different stresses build up inside of me until they bubbled out this morning after something set me off.
I was angry that I was crying, and angry that I was feeling hurt. I started to think "If everyone worried about themselves more and less about what I am doing, the world would be so much better. I wish people weren't so critical." That line went through my head over and over again. Why are people so critical?
Then I thought "Why do you care so much? Who are you trying to impress?". And I realized I could turn that oh so popular phrase back around on myself. "If I worried more about what God thought and less about what other PEOPLE thought, the world would be so much better. Their criticism wouldn't be near as important to me."
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10
We work so hard and cause ourselves so much stress to try to please other people--our family, our friends, and complete strangers. That's not what it's about and I know that I lose sight of that daily. I decided to make myself a card with Galatians 1:10 on it to keep in my pocket as a daily reminder of Who I am living for and Who I am striving to please.
I believe that if we seek first to live as a servant of Christ, and seek Him first in everything we do, everything else will fall into place.
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