Who Are You Trying To Fool?

Friday, June 23, 2017

A few years ago I worked for a design and construction company. After working there for about 5 years they finally gave me my first project. My responsibility was to supervise the complete design and permitting process of a approximately 10 acre park. It was humongous!!!

The excitement and desire to gain the approval of all the designers, subcontractors, vendors, and client working on the project led me to make several decisions as a supervisor that delayed the design. Thankfully my boss, a very wise and patient man, told me the following: "As a supervisor and part of the design team you will not be able to please them all and become their best friend at the same time. "

It was a very challenging truth and correction. Maybe these people were taking advantage of my lack of experience, good nature or just did not understand how I felt or what I thought about this exciting project? How badly I did not want to fail!

It is "impossible" that in your home, work, church, community, or group of friends that you can please everyone! A friend of mine used to always say: "If you want everyone to like you, stop being a leader/parent/pastor/counselor and just become an ice cream vendor; then everybody will like you."

It is difficult to seek that “impossible” balance, especially as followers of Christ. Look at what this passage says:

“Be assured that when we speak to you we're not after crowd approval - only God approval. Since we've been put through that battery of tests, you're guaranteed that both we and the Message are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden agendas.”- 1 Thessalonians 2:4 MSG

Today I want to motivate us to let God examine our hearts. That we may see how we really feel and think about our journey. Let Him show us the areas in our lives where we are seeking approval from people and not from Him. Let’s stop trying to fool ourselves.

We need to ask God to analyze our motives, our agenda, and our relationships in order to share the Good News without fear, tricks, unapologetically with His love, and in grace and truth. Let’s be the leaders/parents/pastors/teachers/counselors/followers that He wants us to be.

My desire is that our spirituality will be attractive to others without having to compromise our relationship with Christ in order to please them! I truly think that the more we know His heart, the more secure we will be of His approval.

Let’s stop worrying about what other people think and just concentrate on walking in His grace and truth. Then we will always have His approval.



Gera Rueda



Carina Ramirez commented on 24-Jun-2017 11:23 AM
Words of wisdom for sure! Thank you for sharing!

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