Monday, June 18, 2012

Another Observation

I am utterly tired of being taken advantage of by clients and employees and friends and family members.  Does anybody else feel this way? 

My sin here, it seems, has been a desire to please man and not God.  "If I were still pleasing men, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Gal. 1:10)

I mean, it's not like trying to please people gets you anywhere.  It's not as if you can even make people like you.  In fact, the more you put yourself out, the less you'll be respected.  This is true in business, in intimate friendships, in marriage.  It's true everywhere in the fallen world.

And yet we all try, day in and day out, to be "man pleasers", pleasers of men and not slaves of Christ. 

The great irony is, it doesn't bring happiness - even in this world, much less the next.


Red Cardigan said...

Hey, Kevin. Prayers coming.

I do know that there are lots of gurus out there spouting stuff about how no one can take advantage of us without our permission, etc. The gurus don't seem to have any advice on how to say "No" firmly and politely and with great finality to the same people one will likely see at all holidays and family gatherings without incurring serious ill-will, let alone how to reconcile the constant "No" mantra with one's faith life, desire to be generous, hope to be a good influence, and so forth.

I hope things will get better soon.

Tom Leith said...

Yes I do feel like that but it is only a feeling. Being taken advantage of as Red here has hinted is the price of being open. Go with him two miles; seventy times seven and all that. It has been found difficult...