E-votional Pleaser
July 17, 2001
"On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts."
- Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NIV)


Co-dependency, a buzz word of the past 5-10 years.  People who all they want to do is to be fixers and pleasers.  Pleasing people is something that we do, on some level, in hopes that our actions, our being are appreciated, maybe even in an attempt to validate our life.  Pleasing people is different that doing the chores of the house, doing the expected work at the office or even taking care of family.  These things are part of life.  But there is something else, there can be another reason for doing things, pleasing people, where responsibility to another and/or dysfunction is not a factor.
Hear the Good News, as we understand the powerful and wonderful presence of God in our life, we seek to reach out, not so much to validate who we are, but rather to pay homage and give thanks to God.  If God would do such wonderful things in our life, and since God does great things in our life and brings so much to our heart, the best way we can offer thanks to God is to reach out to others.  Today, when you see people, instead of sizing them up, one way or another, look at them as someone whom God loves so much, enough to call them by name, individually.  View them as someone who could use a reminder of the love and grace of God.  Then remind yourself that as a child of God, we are to reach out and love all of our neighbors, all of creation. (Luke 10:27)

Gracious Father, let me do things for others, for You.  I pray others are able to catch a glimpse of Your love through anything I can do.  Remind me that I do this for them, because of You.  Thank you Father, for all You have done and all You will continue to do in my life.  Amen.