A 2011 USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 92 percent of Americans believe in God. If any of that 92% are like me, I bet they wonder how they can actually please God in their careers and personal life. Is it possible to bring joy to the creator of the universe? As I go through life each day, is there anything that I can do that really helps me connect with the Almighty? I believe these types of questions have been asked for thousands of years and many of us are still searching for the answer.
The search for learning how to please God can lead you down many paths and provide you with many potential answers. Over the course of my life, I've learned that most of the answers the world provides and that I come up with are more pleasing to me then they are God. I'll donate money once a year to some charitable cause, I'll hold a door open for an old lady, I'll help a client by lowering my commission, or I'll tell someone, "Hey, I'm praying for you". All good things, don't get me wrong. But, also very temporary and inconsistent.
Imagine finding an answer that could stand the test of time, outlive any season of life, and provide everlasting security to whomever learns it. In a short, but powerful, story written almost 2700 years ago, the prophet Micah give us the simple and powerful answer to the question, "how can we please God?" In its simplicity we find a road map to joy and peace in our daily actions. In its power, we find the opportunity to not only please God but impact the world we live in for generations to come. Here is Micah's answer:
ACT JUSTLY in everything you do. Be honest and fair to the people you serve, your family and friends, and in all your business dealings. Do not seek ways to take advantage of others, "pull one over" on someone, or use someone's misfortune as your gain. If you make a promise keep it. If you give your word, keep your word.
LOVE MERCY and administer it liberally. Take care of those that are less fortunate than you. Help people that are going through difficult times by being generous with your time, money, and resources. Have compassion as a mother would for her newborn child that looks to her for its every need. Forgive those that have wronged you and be quick to extend grace to those that need it. Seek out ways in which to serve in your community and love your neighbor.
WALK HUMBLY no matter what level of success you've attained. Understand that there is a greater purpose in life than the growth and development of your ego. The gifts and talents you have been given are for service to others and the betterment of community. Follow the golden rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. Continually seek Truth, justice, and mercy and don't take yourself so seriously. Lead by example, serve your followers, and develop the next generation of leaders in your home and business.
Three simple but difficult actions to live by. Make no mistake, the world will throw challenges, temptations, and opportunities your way that will distract you from these truths. If you find yourself off track, start over. Recommit to the three and surround yourself with others that want to please God. If 92% of us believe in Him, I bet there are few out there that want to impact the world and please Him too.
Question: As you look back over your life, how have you tried to please God?
Make it a great day!