The minutes slipped by as I searched in a calm frenzy to comfort the uneasiness building up inside me.
Although I wouldn’t necessarily admit to feeling “hurt,” anyone with half a brain cell could just look at my YouTube algorithm and tell by the When to stop helping people and What was your F*** It, Done helping others moment recommendations that I wasn’t having the best evening.
In the midst of my wrestling between indulging in Hersey’s chocolate or a room temperature bottle of blueberry moscato it dawned on me… The fact that I care so much about what people think is a warning sign that I’m not walking in God’s will.
In the book I’m currently reading, called Biblical Minimalism, the author writes:
Freedom comes from making the transition from trying to please everyone to trying to please One.Cheryl E. Smith
I’m a chronic people-pleaser. It’s in my nature. And sometimes, more often that not, it gets me into trouble. Rather than relying on God to direct my steps, I took matters into my own hands; devised my own plan and well…it didn’t work out quite the way I expected. Instead of entertaining self-pity, I acknowledge where I went asunder and I take responsibility for it.
“For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”Hebrews 12:6 (ESV)
I’m so grateful for the way things turned out because I can now learn from it and be better prepared for the next text.
Thank God for His correction.
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