Adjust Your Focus
"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ."
Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
Pleasing everyone is exhausting. Have you tried it? Recently I've been with more family than normal and I love it! However there is a dynamic that I've seen play out that is present with friends, coworkers and even ministry.
My grandchildren are a good example. Two of them have birthdays one week apart. We celebrated both while visiting their town. The five year old (who didn't have a birthday) looked up with puppy dog eyes, a puckered lip and whimpering voice asked, "Where's mine?"
No matter where we turn it seems someone is always feeling left out. The adults may not say it, but their hearts are screaming, "Where's mine?"
No one wants to be forgotten or overlooked or underappreciated, so the attention-getters kick in. Maybe it shows up as a tantrum, or talking louder, maybe just the opposite, the silent treatment.
Seeking the approval of others will always throw me out of balance. I may make one happy, but there will be others left whimpering.
God reminded me this morning as I read through Galatians, again, to focus. Not on the demands but on Him. It's a lesson I learn over and over.
When He nudges and I obey, the path gets clearer.
It's Monday. The week is sure to usher in cries, shouts and whimpers demanding attention.
When the "Where's mine?" begin may it remind me, Adjust Your Focus.
Lord, my eyes are fixed on You. Help me not to lose sight of the One who directs my steps, In Jesus' Name, Amen.