Funny! Well, not funny! I don't say no. But I'm learning. I've always kind of thought that if I had the gift, there was an opening, I should do it. I felt like sometimes that was just God opening a door. A lot of times I'll wait for someone else to open the door for themselves and they don't, so I figure it must be my door.
Our pastor spoke about people pleasers on Sunday. 3 people said they thought of me. I wondered "is that a good thing or a bad thing". Yikes, if you are wondering that, it's probably a bad thing.
I do step up a lot. I'm not someone who will sit around and complain about something not working, I'll dive right in. Even when we got our building (church) I was there often, sweeping or cooking because that's the only talent I had. And I truly enjoyed it, not because I thought someone would be happy that I was there, but because I felt like that was my 'talent' and someone needed to do it.
I started back into Youth Ministry, I thought it wasn't my gift, but soon found out that God closed every door except that one. Hmmm... I love it. I love the teenagers more than they know but doing both Jr. High and Sr. High sometimes leaves me feeling like I'm used up by Youth Ministry not used by God. Sounds horrible, but sometimes it's true.
I feel like God is moving me and stretching me, and saying "let Me guide you, stop and let me". That's not easy for this gal who has always been on the move, but can I tell you, in that, I'm learning to enjoy life a little more instead of "doing life". Hmmm...
So I am not sure if I'm a people pleaser or not. Probably in some way I am, but if making people happy furthers the Kingdom of God... then I'm in! And if anyone doesn't like it... they can bite me!
Romans 14:17-19 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.