Dear Diary,

Here is my confession .. I am a people pleaser. Most of the time I am pretty happy to do what other folks want but this time, I said “No thank you.” I was offered an extra part in our current play, Much Ado About Nothing, and when asked if I could take on this additional part I felt guilty saying no because someone had quit and they needed to fill the spot, so .. I initially said “Yes”. BUT, that whole evening and even into my dreams I felt a dread. I had bad dreams about the play. I awakened and knew that it was OK if I said “No thank you.” To another woman, it is easy to say no, to a people pleaser, it’s a brave step. It actually means that I am able to decide what is God’s best for me rather than trying to keep the plates of approval spinning by agreeing to what others think is best.

I like my people pleasing quality. I like to spoil my family. They expect good stuff from me and I love it! I am glad they are so confident in my love for them, that they just expect it like they expect the next breath of air. So, I’m not trying to get out of my people pleasing business, I’m just trying to enjoy it in a manner in which I am able. Memorizing a lot of lines is NOT a manner in which I am able.

The director was very kind and graciously accepted my decline. I am a happy camper with my few lines because now I can available for Don who has a LOT of lines. I am helping him by rehearsing his lines with him as well as being sure to do as many of his errands as I can and by keeping him encouraged. What a grand adventure … Much Ado About Nothing.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

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