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“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

As Christians we say that we run the race.  What does this mean?  Are we running to please those around us?  If we say we are not, then why do we care so much what others think?  We are called into Christ to follow where He leads.  That’s it.  It really is that simple.  Everything else is the pretense we deal with in this age.  So, the truth is simple.  Follow Christ and look to Him always.

Lord, I do not understand why I become so confused.  I look to those around me and seek their approval, which does not matter, and then ignore You whose will does matter.  Guide me out of the insanity, Lord, that I look to You first, caring for my neighbor, but not being swayed by their opinion.  I need saving Lord and You have come that all who believe would be saved.

Lord Jesus, You know all that each of us needs.  You know the struggle we have with those around us.  Guide me, O Lord, in thy way of truth You firmly established that I would abide in You this day and learn from You what You would have me learn.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way You want me to go and help me keep my focus on You throughout my days.  In You alone is all hope of salvation.  Amen.