Why You Should Stop Trying To Please People

You know those times when you’re aware of what the right thing to do is, but the constant worry of people’s opinions starts to stray you otherwise? Ya, we’ve all experience something along the lines of this.

I’ve noticed that we sometimes purposely choose not to make the right choice in order to please the people around us. But at the end of the day, what good does that do? Pleasing the people around you will get you nowhere. Why? Because the people around you can’t give you what you truly really need in the first place; only God can do that.

  1. How many people have failed to pursue their dreams because they are too caught up in what people might think?
  2. How many people have let those who are closest to them talk them out of their dreams?  
  3. How many people have yet to follow their God-given calling because the opinions of others have them bound in chains?

Do any of these describe you?

The opinions of others can never compare to the truth of God. And the reasoning behind this post is simple: TO CHALLENGE YOU TO IGNORE THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS, AND PURSUE WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO.

Sure, some people might dislike your decisions. Some people might turn their backs on you. And frankly, some people might never understand the reasoning behind your motives.

“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” -Psalms 118:6

But at the end of the day, there is not one opinion that is great enough to outweigh the calling God has for your life. That’s a fact. People will leave you. Money will leave you. Friends will leave you. But guess what? God won’t.

Pursue your God-given calling. Follow your dreams. Allow God to guide you every step of the way. Pleasing people might get you some acceptance, but it won’t get you acceptance into the only place that really matters.

“But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.” -1 Peter 1:25 

Don’t be a people pleaser.

—Jarrid Wilson


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Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

33 comments on “Why You Should Stop Trying To Please People”

  1. This is one of my biggest struggles. It keeps me from finishing books because I’m afraid they won’t be good enough and people can be cruel in the writing realm. I almost didn’t share with anyone but a couple of close friends about God’s call on our hearts to move to Haiti as missionaries for fear of what others would say or think. But the response from friends and family has been overwhelmingly positive! We have to keep our focus on God and let Him work out the details of our dreams. I have to remind myself of this daily.

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