We have all experienced it in our relationships. It may be a friend, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a co-worker that you want to please because of your love for them.
Those feelings of fondness that cause us to find out what would please our loved one. A surprise gift perhaps or running an errand for them or going to their favorite restaurant even when it is not yours or preparing their favorite meal or getting off the couch and getting them a snack during the movie or … the list is endless.
Things we do because we love someone.
I remember a time many years ago when I was in my 20’s – the man I was dating and I were sitting on the couch in my parent’s family room watching TV with my Mom. She asked if anyone wanted a snack that there were oranges in the fridge. My boyfriend said he would like one. I told him which drawer in the fridge they were in but made no move to go get him one. In response to my mother’s look of surprise I responded, “He knows where the fridge is.” But in my mind I remember what I was thinking, “I have no intention of ending up a servant in my house.”
[That relationship eventually ended.]
Fast-forward. I met my husband, came to Christ and grew up a little (but just a little). As I dated John and eventually married him I found myself not a servant in my home, but willingly serving him because I love him. I want to please him. I want to honor him. I want to show my love for him.
You don’t have to be married to understand what I am talking about. When we love others we want to please them. Family, friends, roommates, co-workers, whomever.
Put that idea into a spiritual context.
I say I love God, and when I hear the whispering of the Spirit’s prompting am I eagerly responding? Am I looking for ways to please my Lord? Am I choosing obedience with a willing heart? Do I delight to please Him?
Oh, Lord may I find out what pleases you and eagerly do it with delight.
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!