Often one of reasons we do this to ourselves is that we try to please everyone. Learn this lesson today: You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t please everyone. Even God canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t please everyone! One person wants it to rain. Someone else wants it to be sunny. Only a fool would try to do what even God canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do.
When we live for the expectations of others, we pile on ourselves tons of Ã¢â‚¬Å“shoulds.Ã¢â‚¬Â We tell ourselves, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I should work more hours,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“I should go to this seminar,Ã¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“I should volunteer for this assignment.Ã¢â‚¬Â But realize this: No one is holding a gun to your head. Overworking is your choice. You choose to take on the extra work or to not take it on. And you choose the consequences that come with that choice.
When you deny your humanity and try to do it all, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re robbing God of his glory. The Bible reminds us of this in 2 Corinthians 4:7:Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from usÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (NIV). Paul reminds us that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re human beings. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re feeble and fragile. Jars of clay break easily. If you drop them, they shatter. Clay pots have to be handled appropriately and with care. If not, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be destroyed.
But the good news is that through our feebleness, the power and glory of God shines through. Your humanity isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t something to hide. Instead letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s celebrate the power of God working through our limitations.
So admit it: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re human. Thank God for that!