I am a people-pleaser.

Always have been, always will be.

I like for people to be happy, I like for people to like me, and I like to keep the peace.  Sometimes even in my church, where I am the children’s ministry director, I find it really difficult to do what I want to do:  make everyone happy.

One night as I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep I was worrying about someone.  She had asked to meet up with me the next day and I knew it was because she was upset about how I handled a situation at church.  It was going to be a rough chat because she was unhappy.

I was laying there fretting about the next day when my husband said six brilliant words:  “Even Jesus couldn’t make everyone happy.”

I thought about this and saw how my husband was correct.  Jesus did not make everyone happy; the Pharisees hated him, the Romans didn’t care much for his teaching, and even some people who wanted to learn from him didn’t like what had to say.  This didn’t mean Jesus was unkind.  It meant that Jesus spoke the truth and he did it the best way that he could.

As a leader, how freeing is it to know that pleasing everyone is not even possible.  Jesus did what was right always.  But even in doing right, not everyone was happy.  We can’t do what is right always because of sin, but how comforting to know that pleasing God is really all that matters.

by Susan Gali


“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (Galatians 1:10)

Dear Lord, help me to be motivated to please you and not just please other people. Amen.