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Recycling and People-Pleasing


I didn't realise it would be such a source of happiness and celebration until it happened...this week we've FILLED our recycling bin!!! I was pretty chuffed at how "eco" we are as a family - and I admit I am getting a bit obsessed about putting all the paper and cardboard into it.
But then I read these words in a chapter called "I am a People Pleaser" in my new favourite book* "So, for those of us who live to please, life has become a road fraught with anxiety and disappointment. If people don't like us, we can't seem to get happy.
Take, for example the garbage man. I would like him to think that I take care with the garbage. Or that I'm a good recycler...So if I feel this deeply about what the garbage man thinks about me, what about the people that I actually come into contact with?" And it hit me there and then that I wanted the (unknown) bin man to be pleased with me and with my recycling efforts. My motives had been exposed.
Like Paul, I really want to live for the approval of the One who created us:
"I'm not trying to be a people-please! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant" Gal 1v10
* "All I need is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans"by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
And if you gave me a copy (by leaving it on my seat at Church last Sunday evening) then THANK YOU X
However, If you have lost your copy because you left it on a seat at Church last Sunday evening and someone (me) swiped it, then SORRY - and I will return it! x

Comments

Anonymous said…
It wasn't mine by the way, I'm still reading it! Just glad that you got a copy - fab isn't it? I'm learning so much and every other chapter seems to have been written just for me! Enjoy it....lol Suzanne xx
sandra said…
sounds like one I need to read.

Really enjoying reading your blog and sharing your thoughts. Also looking forward to the Mothers Day preach hope your preparations are going well.

If it's anything like the blog I'm sure it will be great.
xx
hana said…
I think I saw Kate R going around raving about it? Might be the person...

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