I’ve got some freeing news for you and me….you and I are not God. You cannot meet everyone’s needs and demands of you. You cannot make everyone around you happy. In fact, Jesus (God in the flesh) disappointed more people than anyone else in all of history. Here is one little example of what I’m talking about from Mark 1:
32 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him,33 the whole city lined up at his door! 34 He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word. 35 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. 36 Simon and those with him went looking for him. 37 They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you."38 Jesus said, "Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.”
So Jesus is healing people and casting out demons. As He is doing this more and more people get in line and it is getting really late. As they are calling out ‘OK number 343…Jesus is now ready to see you’, they looked around and Jesus was not there. What! That’s right. Jesus had to get away to a lonely and secluded place to recharge and be with His Father and receive His strength and direction from the One who called the shots in His life and the One whom He lived to please. The disciples finally find Him and inform Him that ‘everyone’ is looking for Him and asking for Him and He simply says, it’s time to move on.
There is a lesson I know for me in this story and perhaps for you too. Every day when I wake up there is a sea of expectations, demands, needs and desires that people have for me that are way beyond what I can possibly accomplish as one limited human being. If I wake up and simply live to try and meet all of those needs I am heading for burnout and will end up disappointing myself and a host of others. I need to take my cue from Jesus and break away to the spot that is quiet and secluded where I can hear my Father speak His love and approval into my heart and where I can allow Him to give me my priorities for the day. A life of worship is truly living for an audience of One. By the way, when we allow our Father to pour His power and approval into our life, we will truly have something to give the people that He brings across our path today.