Do you know what stops me in my tracks? A pout on one of my grandkids faces. When they’ve unsuccessfully got what they want from Mama, they come pouting to Grandma. They know I’m an easy target. They know I have such a hard time saying “no” to my kids (especially grandkids). And it doesn’t stop with my family, I love blessing friends, family, total strangers, the dog… Don’t we all enjoy making others happy?
One of the toughest lessons in life is learning to accept the fact we cannot ever make everyone happy all of the time. First of all, we are all sinners. Try as we may, we all make many mistakes every single day. We say the wrong things; do (or not do) the wrong things. If it wasn’t for God’s amazing grace, many of us would crawl into a corner of shame and cry. Thank God, Jesus loves us and gives countless chances to learn and grow. If you are beating yourself today for failing once again, turn and fall into God’s arms. He will dust you off; stand you back up on your feet; graciously give you a fresh start, free from shame.
Secondly, even though we love making others happy, we need to live to please God and God alone. That means, we won’t always live up to others expectations. On many occasions Jesus said “no” to the needs & desires of others. “No, Mom, I can’t stop what I’m doing and come outside to chat with you and my brothers. No, Mary and Martha, I can’t come right this minute to heal Lazuras.” When the crowds pulled and prodded on Jesus to meet “their” needs and wants, He remained focused on His Father. Pleasing God steered His days. May the same be said of our lives. Dear friends, it is a deeply satisfying feeling to lay your head on your pillow at the end of the day and know you have made God smile.
So in the wise words of Taylor Swift (LOL), shake it off. When others pout because you let them down, shake it off. When shame and regret hang over you like a dark cloud, shake it off. Set your gaze on Jesus. Live to please Him!