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Even those people outside our circle of immediate friendship and contact need to be recipients of words and acts which please.However, pleasing people can take a wrong turn when it is used in an attempt to gain favor, to "buy" friendship, or to simply fit into "the right crowd."We find this happening in the lives of children, youths and even in older adults. It seems to be very important for us to please our peers, even if it goes against our values and convictions. We need to be very careful not to cross the line and begin pleasing people for the wrong reasons.The apostle Paul carries this over into the spiritual relationship with God when he writes in Galatians 1:10, "Am I trying to win over human beings or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I wouldn't be Christ's slave."It is possible in our enthusiasm to witness to others about Jesus to soften the demands of discipleship and leave out some of the "Follow Me" places that Jesus mentions in his ministry. Sometimes we may even be more pleasing than real in our personal relationship with Jesus.We may be all about trying to please Jesus with how we think he wants us to experience discipleship. This just might turn into an attempt to follow Jesus by performing good works in order to gain salvation and eternal life.Early in his life, Martin Luther followed this path. He desperately wanted to be holy, to free himself of the sin that kept coming back, and to be Christ like. There in the dark room of the monastery, Luther prayed and screamed at himself, confessing many times a day to a priest.It was not until God showed Luther what he meant by the words in Romans 1:17 that he finally found peace. "the righteous person will live by faith." Luther finally turned loose of trying to please himself, other people, Reebok Casual Shoes 2017 and even God with his own efforts at being a Christian.Luther was then a man of peace. We can have that same peace if we give up struggling to please and start following Jesus, our example.In her classic book, "The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life," Hannah Whitall Smith gives a clear picture of how sometimes we Reebok Silver Sneakers
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want to hang on to our own efforts and struggle along trying to do things our way.Smith writes, "Many Christians are like the man who was carrying a heavy burden down the road when a car stopped to give him a ride. The man happily accepted, but refused to take off his burden even after sitting down in the car. When asked why, the man replied, 'Well, I feel it is almost too much for you to carry me, so I could not even think of you carrying my burden too.'"This sounds much like many weary Christians who are trying to continue to carry burdens even while Jesus is carrying them. Maybe the burden that we often carry is the burden of trying to please people, ourselves and even God. And maybe these attempts at pleasing have gotten to the point that we have begun to compromise our beliefs and lose our Biblical identity.When we follow the teachings of Jesus as our guide to discipleship, there is no room for misguided attempts at trying to please for the wrong reasons. May we lay down the burdens that cause us to be so tired in our faith journey, and may we, by faith, pick up the desire to only follow Jesus.This is the opinion of the Rev. Tim McConnell, assistant pastor of Long's Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska.
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