How People-Pleasing Feeds Your Anxiety

Hello. My name is Britnee, and I am a recovered people pleaser. As a Christian, wife and mama, one of the things I learned fairly quickly after committing my life to follow Jesus was that I could not put pleasing people first if I was going to be authentic in my relationship with the Lord.Seeking to please man and pleasing God cannot coexist. As Paul tells us in Galatians 1:10, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Though we are called to be considerate, compassionate and loving toward others, we often make this good thing an ultimate thing by doing things in order to be seen, liked or considered. We run the risk of compromising, or watering-down, the voice of the God when we people-please.This people-pleasing also causes anxiety in our hearts. I’d like to take some time to really peel back some of the layers surrounding what people-pleasing actually is, why it makes us anxious, and how we can overcome it.

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