To Please Others

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Wanting to please others is an intricate part of what defines me as an individual. Saying yes comes naturally. Saying no can be compared to having a tooth drilled without numbing medication. Painful beyond belief.

Recently I said yes to a situation and suddenly felt a heavy weight pressing down on my mind and soul. This was a time when God’s voice came through loud and clear. My priorities had been compromised.

The only way to remove the burden would be to go back on the “promise” made. The pressure increased until I humbled myself before God, prostrate and praying for Him to lift the heaviness in my heart. As I prayed for His healing, praising Him and declaring my love, a calmness entered my spirit and the weight lifted. God answered my prayer, but He tasked me with making things right.

I did His bidding, though I felt embarrassed in having to renege on my commitment. Afterward, God’s peace descended upon me and took away the worry and anxiety.

As human beings, we want to please others. This is a good thing. However, saying yes isn’t always right.

Phillipians 4:9 “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Dear Father,
Thank you for being loyal and trustworthy. For bringing us through the fire. For your mercy and kindness. For bringing peace in times of stress and anxiety. Help us to be thankful always and to pray with humble hearts. In the most holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


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