Why You Should Stop Trying To Please People

Why You Should Stop Trying To Please People

You know those times when you know the right thing to do, but you get so worried about what people will think that you don’t do it? 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 stopped just before crossing the finish line because they didn’t want people to be upset that they finished before them?
  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. People will leave you….Money will leave you….Friends will leave you. Guess what? God won’t.

Pursue your God-given calling. Follow your dreams. And 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; be a purpose seeker!

-Jarrid Wilson

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  • Stephanie March 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    If you want to study about why people pleasing is not a good idea then study the life of Saul. (1 Samuel ch. 9-31) Take a look at what he does and think about why he does what he does. You will learn SO much. I am always challenged by messages like these.

  • CL March 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I’m having a baby and want to do it naturally, at home. Best friend a labour nurse. Mom a by-the-book woman. Both are anxious…I have faith in Him.
    When it’s just me…it’s fine but then they think I’m risking baby. I think I’m risking baby by putting his/her life in a Drs hands when I have the best Dr ever, with me always.
    Should I just tell them I’ll call them when the baby has arrived? I’m nervous…best friend of 24 years might turn her back. I guess that’ll be the test…any insights?

    • Hollie M March 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Dear CL,

      They say that a woman knows her body best and knows what is best for her baby and I didn’t believe that until after complications during labor with my first child. My daughter was stuck against my pelvic bone and I knew she was but when I kept telling the doctors and nurses that she was stuck and that I wasn’t going to be able to push her they wouldn’t listen to me. They told me that before they would be willing to try a C-section that I had to keep pushing a while longer. I argued as long as I could until the contractions forced me to push again and this continued for about another hour. They finally gave in and did the surgery and my daughter was born with a big gash on her head. Her head WAS stuck and it was being forced down on a sharp area of my pelvis and with each push the cut was deepening. Fortunately she didn’t have any long term damage from this and I knew better for my next child but now I am big on telling moms who ask: You know your body and your baby better than anyone else. I would advise to let your dr. (if you have one) know your plan and also put your local hospital on stand by when you go into labor just in case something does go wrong they will already know about you and your wishes and can make the decisions that are both best for the baby and respectful of you. Wishing you all the best with your little one! God Bless :)

  • nicole March 1, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Great article that is true. I just had a similar conversation with my mom about how my dad was upset that I didn’t do what he wanted regarding my career. Even if I had done what he wanted he would have been mad that someone else didn’t follow his lead. My philosophy: if I’m going to fail, at least I know I tried and believed in my dream. I know the opportunities that God has blessed me with and they all align with my dream/calling. At the end of the day, it’s all about God. Someone or something will always let you down or feel incomplete.

  • I. Gospodinov March 1, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    You preach that everyone will leave us and yet God won’t. Why is that, I wonder? You see I am not a believer like yourself and so many others. When people ask me: “Ok. If you don’t believe in God, in what do you believe than?” The answer is quite simple. Myself. The reason why God will never leave us while all else will is because God as you see it is within us, it’s US. God is created by men to ease the hardships. And if you think about it and somewhat follow my thought, I believe in God for I believe in myself. Now I kindly ask you not to make the mistake to think that I believe I am God. No such thing friends. I am simply sharing my opinion of the word God, for it is different for almost everyone. And as an end to my little comment let me share a thought of a man:
    “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” ~Oscar Wilde~

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