ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Are You Working too Hard to Try to Please Others?
Sometimes, we get so discouraged and angry with work and especially our mates and friends because they are not rising to the expectations we desire. Often, we go to work, looking to find a sense of worth, acceptance or love from a boss or co-worker who values our work or contribution to the company. When that does not happen, or at least the way we desire, we get frustrated, discouraged, want to quit, and allow our emotions to dictate our actions.
The same happens in our relationships. We look to our mate or another person for our source of ultimate love, worth or acceptance. When they reject us, leave us, don’t behave in the matter that we receive as love, or does not rise to our expectations, we feel lost, angry, worthless, or believe something is wrong with us.
Perhaps, the issue is not that people hurt us or will fail us but the issue of where we are focusing our attention.
As long as our focus is to please others in order to receive our love, worth and acceptance, we will be moved about by others. Our lives will be consumed with worrying about what others are doing or not doing and how they need to change in order for use to feel loved, accepted or have worth. However, when we hold onto the fact that our identity (ultimate source of love, worth and acceptance for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior) is solidly in Christ we can go to work and move in our relationships enjoying and blessing the people only while realizing the only One we need to please is God.
I encourage you to hold onto that as you move through your week. Your boss, co-workers, mate etc. are not the source of your identity nor the one in control. Take your burdens, sorrows, hurt, etc. to the Lord cause He can handle stuff way better than us.
You can do this!
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely
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