“Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” – Unknown
  In life, it is natural for us as human beings to live for the acceptance and approval of others. While I certainly agree that it’s pleasant to be well liked, as Christians we should not prioritize pleasing people, but pleasing God. Overall, it’s impossible to consistently please both humans and God.
  Some of you might argue that we have to please others to a certain degree, so that they’ll listen to our Christian message. My response to those who say that is: we forfeit our message when we forfeit our principles.
  “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:” – 1Peter 2:9 (KJV)
  Would YOU respect someone who preaches one thing but lives another? Who speaks of a God-centered life, but lives a world-centered life? Who so cares what other people think that they change their lifestyle just to please others, ignoring the commands of the God they profess? If we were honest with ourselves, we’d admit that we would not.
  God has called us to indivuality. Not only because that is necessary for a long-term fruitful walk with God, but also because being willing to stand out for the right reasons is a basic principle for happiness and success in life overall!
  God doesn’t ask us to sacrifice our public image to make life harder on us, but rather so we can have greater fulfillment, contentment, and peace, and be witnesses for Him.
  It takes great courage to consciously choose to be pleasing to God, and allow yourself to be different and even unpopular. But it is so much FUN (really!) to set yourself free from the world’s expectations!
  Challenge: today, be an enthusiastic and bold witness for Christ in every situation you encounter. Blessings! 🙂


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