A Life that Pleases God

Trying to please people can be an impossible task. Aesop’s Fable:  The Man, the Boy and the  Donkey  illustrates this point. The man and his  son set out on a journey, and they were all walking. Someone said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?”  The man put his son on the donkey, there was a complaint. He rode the donkey another complaint. They both rode the donkey, “Yes. There was a complaint.” They couldn’t please everybody.

Seeing that it’s impossible to please the crowd, what should we do? The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:15 AMP, Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people].” Wise people can use their knowledge and their experiences to make wise decisions. The man and his son in this story didn’t do that; they responded to one comment and decided to tie up the donkey and carried him. The donkey kicked itself free and feel off a bridge and drowned.

While that story is funny, there is a lesson for us. As the Apostle Paul went on, he admonished to use our time wisely. We need to utilize out time on earth and make the most of every opportunity. (Verse16). We also need to understand God’s purpose for us on this earth. (Verse 17). Romans 12:2 NLT says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. We must be filled with the Spirit. (Verse 18). Make time to fellowship with other believers and be thankful for everything and in everything. (Verses 19-20). Thankfulness is an important component of a successful, spirit filled life. If we follow these guidelines, we will live a life that is pleasing to God.

Thought for Today: Friend, you cannot please everybody; please God!

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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