I dreamed last night that one of the mothers at the Classical Conversations Community, where I tutor, was very upset because I was talking to the crayons. (Stranger things have happened . . . right?) She thought it was evil that the crayons talked back and was complaining about me. In my dream I told her that I would not be talking to the crayons any more. Then, as she turned to leave, my last thought before I woke up was, “But what about rulers? I talk to rulers too!” I woke up and laughed and laughed!
I have actually been very frustrated lately by trying to please people. Someone will ask me to do something a certain way, and I happily comply, only to have several others complain that I’ve changed things. I’ve been thinking about this a lot because I’ve let such circumstances at times rob me of my joy. The truth of the matter is that if my goal in what I do is to please the Lord, then nothing anyone says should upset me. So if I get angry, it is because, even though I let myself think I’m being unselfish, I am really trying to please myself in some way, maybe by gaining someone’s praise or admiration. It just seems like a nobler way of pleasing myself! May I “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday and Women in the Word Wednesdays and Motivation Monday.
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A big LOL to this post. I know what you mean about pleasing people. It’s so easy to get stuck in that.
I’ve found that this time of year in particular is difficult in relationships. I feel like I overanalyze my interactions with others more. I’ve decided I’m going to blame it on short cold days and count the days until spring 😉
Funny dream! I know what you mean about trying to please people, I hope it gets better soon.
Beth Paulsen says
thanks. I needed this today. REALLY struggling lately with my inability to accept not living up to the expectations of others.
Debbie Dillon says
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Love your post about the funny dream. Very cute!
Be blessed today,
“If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Gal. 1:10
Thanks for this timely post!! And I didn’t realize you tutored CC – I’ve heard so many positive things about that! (and it’s a good things dreams don’t usually come true 🙂
There’s a problem with speaking to crayons? Mmmm … Don’t see why – it would be pretty colourful conversation at least. (oh man, that was bad!) … You seem to have a knack at interpreting dreams – can you help me with mine about overweight clowns? Ha!
LOL…Dreams are soooooooo strange sometimes. Especially when they are so real.
Renee Ann says
I was just talking about this with students today–that we give in to others or do things our friends’ way because we want to be liked and needed and not because God is touching our hearts to be unselfish. Then when we don’t receive the expected admiration, we’re disappointed and maybe even hold grudges. It was a new concept for them to think that God cares so much about our motivation! . . . And it reminded me how complicated relationships can be!
Funny how such serious messages are delivered thru funny dreams! God wants to give us a chuckle along the way I guess!
Sharon Henning says
I am constantly struggling with wanting to please others myself. My favorite book on the subject is “You Are Special” by Max Lucado. I hope one day all the dots and stars will fall off me as well.
Warren Baldwin says
People-pleasing is a natural personality trait for many of us. It is also a liability if we give in to it too much (like I have done). Good interpretation of the dream!
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You’ll have to tell me about classicl conversations sometime. I am considering it for next year…