Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
Do you ever examine your life and wonder how you got to this point on your journey in this life? Perhaps it feels as though you are entrapped in building someone else’s dream. It may involve your spouse, a family member, boss or even a friend. In this, there is obviously one problem, they’re the one who is reaping the benefits and you’re merely contributing to their gain.
Nevertheless, this scenario typically occurs as a result of unhealthy boundaries on the part of everyone who is involved. The one who’s contributing to the erection of someone else’s dream, typically does so in pursuit of approval and acceptance. The one whose empire is being erected, more times than not, uses manipulation and control to create an illusion of a debt that can never be repaid. Hence, just when you feel as though you’ve served them well, they demand more of your time and attention.
If you find yourself in this situation, it is time to go back to the drawing board with God. There is one primary thing to consider. What is the specific assignment that God is calling you to fulfill? Refrain from allowing your motive to be masked as a desire to fulfill of a good deed. Furthermore, if your daily routine is contrary to what God is calling you to do, it is imperative to come to the realization that this is outright disobedience and it’s time to return God to His rightful place as Lord over your life and schedule.
Lord, I come before Your throne with thanksgiving for the reminder that I have been given a unique personalized assignment to fulfill while I’m on this earth. Show me where I’ve allowed a breach in the boundaries that You’ve prompted me to create. Give me the courage to reinstate those boundaries, regardless of the resistance that I might face. May my life pursuit be to hear, “well done good and faithful servant”, as I finish my race on this earth.