Please God!

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

Hebrews 11:5

I grew up playing and loving sports since as far back as I can remember. I played basketball and soccer for my school, and I always loved game day.  When I came onto the field or out of the locker room, I always look to see where my parents were seated. I always wanted to do well, but I also wanted to put on a show. 

My mom was my biggest fan, and I did not have to do much to garner her motherly praise. My dad was quite the opposite and critiqued my performance like Siskel and Ebert. I thought I would have a phenomenal game but my dad would always find something on which I could improve. It was the parental battery effect with the positive and negative which seemed to make me go. If my dad was pleased with my performance, then I knew I had done something really great. Compliments were not easily handed out, but were earned by blood, sweat and tears. 

Although the praise of my mom lifted me up, my dad’s praise was huge. He had a standard for me that sometimes seemed impossible to meet. He would tell me to “be aggressive” until one day I told him I didn’t even know what that meant. He explained it, and the light finally came on for me. It is one thing to gain the praise of a parent (even my dad), but quite the other to please almighty God. 

I think of Enoch and his close relationship with God. I think of how he lived his life and how he never faced death. He was a friend of God and his actions pleased God. He not only gained the praise of man, but his actions pleased God as well. God chose to take him one day, and he left this earth – as simple as that. He didn’t suffer from a sickness nor did he die in his sleep. He pleased God and God took him home. He had faith that pleased God and a testimony that set him apart.

How about you friend? Does your faith please God? Is your testimony one that God would be pleased with? Do you seek the praise of man or does your heart desire to please God? May we remember that God looks at the heart and is not impressed by our fleshly motives. May we live a life that pleases God and may our focus always be on pleasing Him. Keep your eyes on Him and live every moment of your life to give Him honor and glory.

Stay in the Fight!

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