Whose praise are you trying to ear?
The answer to that question will determine a lot of things in our lives.
If we live to please ourselves, we will become selfish, seeking only our pleasure, our gain, our stuff. We will place ourselves over others.
And in that, we will push others away, time and time again.
Living for ourselves will cause us to live alone.
Perhaps, through, we don’t live to please ourselves. We live to please others. And, while this sounds good, what happens is this.
We follow the crowd.
We given into peer pressure. We lose ourselves.
And, in that, we live more for the applause of man, than for what really matters.
Listen to what Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:1-4 today:
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.
We are soilders of the cross. And our aim is not to please any human. Our aim is to please God.
Today, how are you living? Are you aiming to please yourself?
Are you aiming to please others?
Or are you aiming to please God?
Only one option will truly give us joy and peace.
Today, may we aim to please God.
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