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Do what you do to the Glory of God.

The Encouraging Word

“Am I trying to please people?”                                                Gal 1:10 NIV

Whether we are ordained ministers or lay people, we aren’t exempt from stress. A deadly combination of traits seen frequently in those serving God produces inferiority and perfectionism—traits that make us obsessive-compulsive performers who think we’re inadequate and that our service is never satisfactory. As a result we become: (a) Over-responsible: We think we must do everything ourselves. (b) Irresponsible: We think nothing we do is acceptable so we shouldn’t tackle anything. (c) Uncertain:Vacillating between A and B, we feel like losers either way we go. Understand this: it’s the stress we generate, not the demands of the service, that wears on us. And nothing stresses us like people-pleasing! Paul says, “Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ,” because he’d previously lived for people’s acceptance. Now he found himself unable to…

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