"I am not trying to please people. I want to please God." (Galatians 1:10).
There's a story about an old man, a boy and a donkey on their way to town.The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked that it was a shame the boy was riding, making the old man walk. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.
Later, they passed some people that remarked, "What a shame that grown man makes a little boy walk." So they then decided they both would walk!
Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a perfectly good donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey. At length they passed yet another group of people, who shamed them by saying how awful it was of them to put such a heavy load on a poor little donkey. The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey.
As they crossed over a bridge, they lost their grip on the donkey. He fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of the story: If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your, uh, donkey (or whatever else you call it) good-bye!!
Do you spend your life trying to please everybody? You will never be able to do it — give it a rest. Instead, why not play to an audience of One? He loves you, believes in you, and celebrates you. Why not live your life so as to please God?