Hello Sweet Cheer: Who are we trying to please?

12.05.2011

Who are we trying to please?

Let’s have a little self assessment.
     When you wake up in the morning and get ready for the day who are you thinking about? What are you thinking about? Are you thinking about what your most recent crush will think of how you look? Are you thinking about how many of your friends will compliment the way you look? Who are your thoughts motivated by? Are they motivated by the people you hope to impress? Are they motivated by what your parents will approve or disapprove of? Who holds the key to your thoughts?
     Throughout your day, who are you allowing to motivate what you do and how you do it? When you sit with the same cool kids at lunch everyday, why do you do that? When you sit with the lonely kid at lunch, why do you do that? When you defend someone who is being picked on, what motivates you to do that? Are your actions motivated by being cool, liked, good-looking, confident? Are your actions motivated by what the King would be pleased by?
     Our society tells us we have to be the pretty, skinny, bubbly girl all the guys want us to be. Our society tells us we have to be the macho, womanizing, charming, popular guy all the girls will fall for. But why do we strive for that? And if we don’t strive for that, why do we strive for whatever it is that we try to be every single day?
     I ask all those questions just to begin some self reflection. I know that in my own day-to-day life, I catch myself putting on a certain outfit because I know I’ll get attention for it. In high school, I knew EXACTLY how to dress my body so that guys would look at it. I could draw eyes from every which way and have them glued to me. The way I dressed was purely motivated by whether or not people would think I looked good. Not only that but my thoughts and actions were influenced by who I could please. I wanted attention, I wanted to be liked, and I wanted people to tell me I was pretty. Even though being liked and being told you’re attractive aren’t horrible things, I was trying so hard to fulfill a desire that only the Lord could satisfy. I searched for love, security, acceptance, inclusion, compliments, etc. in the people around me instead of turning my eyes to the King who created me. Sometimes it boggles my mind how much He loves me. I am broken and He desires me. I am a sinner and He wants to draw near to me. I am undeserving of His love and he showers me with adoration.
     I want to wrap this up with a quick story.After years of seeking acceptance and love from earthly things, it’s still a constant struggle for me to remember that the only One I need to please is my God! I constantly forget that the Most High King wants to romance me! I have to remind myself daily that the Lord LOVES me. It’s easy to say it, “Yeah, I know God loves me.” But think about it, the God of the universe wants to dine with you. The GOD of the UNIVERSE desires to be in relationship with you. He really, REALLY, LOVES you! Doesn’t that excite you? I could go on and on about the incredible God we serve but I know blogs can get lengthy.
     I recently stumbled upon a Facebook status of an old friend that read, “All I want is to be someone’s first choice for once, and to have someone completely adore me, and mean it. Is that really so much to ask? :/” When I first saw this my heart BROKE. I wanted more than anything to run to her side, let her cry on my shoulder and remind her that I love her so much and that the King loves her more than I ever could.
     Is that not an incredible picture of what Christ is to us? When I wake up in the morning, look at my body in disgust and carry on my day wishing for someone to hold me, comfort me, love me and adore me, HE wants to run to my side, let me cry on His shoulder, and remind me that He has more love for me than I could EVER imagine. I hope this encourages you today. Just sitting down to write this post has encouraged me and reminded me of how much our God loves me.
“The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.” Psalm 45:11
“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14
Peace and blessings!

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