Do you ever struggle with trying to make people happy? Maybe you even make decisions based on how others feel rather than what you really want to do. The pull to please people can be very real.
And it’s true that as Christians, we shouldn’t be going out of our way to make people mad. However, if we live our whole lives only pleasing others, then we’ve missed the point. We should be living for God. His desires should be our desires, and we should be living to please Him.
But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. – Ruth 1:16 (NLT)
Ruth was determined to live for God and for God’s desires. She didn’t go back to her family and her country. Instead, she chose to make pleasing God her priority.
Like Ruth, we should be determined to live for God. Even if it means that we’re not making everyone happy. God should be the one we’re living to please, and it’s His approval we should seek each day.