And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people… (Luke 22:2).
We are master manipulators, are we not? I often have this thought that runs through my mind….”If I do this, that person will be really impressed,” or, “if I say that, that will make that person think higher of me.” It’s easy to become a master manipulator who’s goal is really just to make themselves look good to other people and offer up affirmations not to simply encourage, but to get ahead.
I’m just saying it because I see my own self doing it from time to time. Therefore, I have to stop myself and consider my true intentions and motives before moving forward.
People pleasing is a real trap, but people praising is a bridge that brings our hearts together with others. Not because we want something from them, but simply because we want to show them their worth and value as an individual made in the image of God.
Whenever I make life about me, which, sadly, is often, I’ll turn on my manipulating tools to see what I can start building for myself. Yet, the gospel reminds me to take a back seat and consider others better than myself. Not so that I can gain something from them, but so that I can give something to them. Granting them the gift of seeing their worth and value in the risen Lord. Yes, this is the kind of life I want to live. Lord Jesus, grow me, I pray!
Father, use your daughter to pour out grace. Grace for others to see Jesus. For truly, He is a mighty and good God. Thank you, Father, that you see me and you love me. Sometimes, I use people to get ahead. Oh Lord, forgive me! I want to lift people up, simply because it honors you and blesses them. Let this be true of my life, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen!