The key to failure is to try to please everybody.
Pulitzer Prize winner Herbert Bayard Swope said it like this: “I can’t tell you the formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everyone.”
Jesus was anything but a people-pleaser. Case in point: Jesus healed many people, but he didn’t heal everybody. Jesus healed some of the blind, but he didn’t heal all of the blind. Jesus brought hope to many towns, but he didn’t go to every town.
You can’t please everybody.
Learn to play for an audience of One. His is the only opinion that counts. Jesus is your scorekeeper. You weren’t called to always please your buddies – or even your spouse. Trying to please everyone is a sure recipe for disaster.
Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man will prove to be a snare.”
Recovery Step: Work your recovery for your benefit and God’s good pleasure. His is the only vote that really counts.