Who Are We Trying to Please?

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I am the queen of trying to please those around me. I want my coworkers to think I’m great. I want my children to think I’m the best Mom in the world. I want my husband to admire my cooking. I want my friends to think I have it all together. For me, it is very important not to disappoint those around me. Yet, how often do I look at trying to please the most important person of all? My Heavenly Father.

Recently, I read a great talk that appeared in the January 2012 Ensign. It is titled, “Look Up” by Elder Carl B. Cook. It teaches a valuable lesson. That lesson is that instead of looking over our shoulders at who is watching us, or look at the world around us for approval, we should instead, look up and aim to please the most important person of all. Our Heavenly Father. In doing this, we can reach our own divine potential and love ourselves a little more.

It is not really a novel idea. We all know as members of the church that we are to look to the Lord for approval, not be worldly, be peculiar and different than those around us. Yet, Satan tries so hard to make us think that is not enough. It is one of his biggest tools to make us think that we are not living up to, or not being good enough. In doing this, he diminishes our self-worth. When we do not feel like we love who we are, we become depressed, discouraged, and unhappy.

It is important to remember that Christ died for all of us. He knew that we were going to be imperfect, yet He chose to die for everyone’s sins. Not just those who did everything right all the time. So it is important to remember that we need to rely on measuring our own self-worth by looking in the mirror with spiritual eyes. What does the Lord see? If we can do this, we can remember that doing our best is enough for Him.

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About Meredith

Meredith is a native Texan who is currently living in Salt Lake City, UT. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been married for almost 10 years and has three beautiful children who consume most of her time. However, she started blogging in 2007 and has fallen in love with the idea of becoming a writer. She started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and has become obsessed with that as well. She also dreams of the day when someone will pay her to scrapbook for them! When she is not scrapbooking, or blogging, she loves to people watch, and analyze what makes people tick. Meredith is proud to be a Mormon, and even served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she fell in love with the Latin culture and learned to speak Spanish. Visit Meredith on her personal blog at www.fakingpictureperfect.wordpress.com