Tuesday, September 18, 2007

People Pleasing...

Jeff and I listened to a message the other day on the Walk in the Word website called "People Pleasing". It gave us a lot to think about and we had a great discussion after it was done. So often we go through life wondering what this person will think or that person will think...it is a vicious cycle that drains a lot of energy & time and it is a battle that can't be won (there is simply no way to please everyone). I think this really applied to us because we often wonder what people will think of us adopting a child. The verse James referred to was from 1 Corinthians 4:3-5 (The Message version).

It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don't even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless. I'm not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn't mean much. The Master makes that judgment.
So don't get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the "Well done!" of God.
In the end all that will matter is that we be examined by the Lord. When the time comes we will not be able to give excuses...He knows our heart. Live today for Him...you can't go wrong! Special thanks to Susan for her supportive and enthusiastic phone call. It was a blessing!

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