Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pleasing God?

We have just left that stage in our lives where you chance going anywhere! You never know when or where you will be when it breaks loose! Yes, we are exiting....

the "Potty Training Zone."

We have used jelly beans, stickers, Skittles, and Tootsie Rolls to reinforce our children's potty usage. We paired these with the winning ticket-verbal reinforcement.

It was our cheers of "Good Job!" and "Way to Go!" that meant the most to each of the children. In fact, with our youngest, she announces to everyone in the house about her "performance" so that she can hear the approval again and again. If you do not respond, no problem, she will repeat herself! She may even announce it as she runs through the eatery you are dining in...eager to hear words of approval.

Galatians 1:10 says,
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Just like our 2 year old, we all appreciate words of approval but we must be careful. We have to discern if the approval is that of man or of God.

We must be careful that we are doing what we are doing for the Lord and not for men. Am I teaching a class at church, singing in the choir, or doing Bible Clubs for the attention of other people or for the Lord?

Allow God to be praised through you and seek out the approval of THE ONE who matters most.


Anonymous said...

You have a good point: God is the judge. We should spend our time seeking His approval only. At the end of the day, no person can/has/or will do as much for us as God did/does/will do. Great post.

zzzzzzzzz said...

Right on! Tell Lydia Happy Birthday!

teachinmom said...

Very good word! Thanks for the reminder.

Rachel Olsen said...

Amen to that!! I want to be a woman who makes that shift in focus. Thanks for linking this up to the devotional carnival.

Smiles ~ Rachel