20(Proverbs 29,25) How To Please Everybody
How to Please Everybody
OK, the truth is you can’t please everyone and God doesn’t expect you to do that.
You will not be in Christian ministry but a few months before you realize that there are some people you can’t please. No matter what you do or try or how nice you are to them, you just can’t please them.
It’s just a fact of life: you can’t please everybody.
Not only that, you don’t need to please everybody.
NKJ Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
It is an emotional trap when you start worrying about what other people think. You don’t have to please everybody any more than you can please everybody. It’s a myth to think that in order to be happy, you must be liked and approved of by everyone you meet. It’s just not true.
If you want to survive in ministry and be effective, you must come to grips with the fact that you can’t please everybody.
So how do you handle hard-to-please people? Don’t cave in to pressure. Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you’re supposed to submit and let other manipulate you.
NKJ Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The truth is, no one can pressure you without your permission. If you feel pressured by someone, you’re allowing yourself to feel pressured by that person.
If you feel controlled or manipulated, you’re allowing yourself to be controlled or manipulated.
You don’t have to do that. It’s OK to stand up for what’s right. It’s OK to be assertive. Many Christians are afraid to speak up. Many think it’s more spiritual to just be quiet and put up with it all. But God doesn’t expect you to be a doormat.
You are supposed to be meek, not weak. There is a big difference.
For a Christian, “No” is not a dirty word. It’s OK to say “No.” In fact, it is necessary from time to time. I meet many Christians who don’t know how to say “No.” They’re about to burn out because they have said “Yes” fifty things they should not be doing. Learn to say “No.”
There is a prevalent teaching that has Jesus strolling around Israel picking flowers and talking peace and love and let’s all just get along.
As a result, Christian kids are hooked on drugs because they simply don’t know are to say “No.” they don’t know how to stand up against peer pressure. And adults are the same way.
The Bible says for you to say “Yes” when you mean yes and to say “No” when you mean no.
It doesn’t tell us we need to feel guilty about doing so. It doesn’t say we have to make excuses for our decisions. Let your “Yes” be yes and your “no” be no and don’t make excuses. And don’t feel guilty.
You won’t please everyone. That is a fact. So stop trying. When those difficult people come along, hold you ground, pray for those who persecute you, and leave the rest to God.