The prayer in Verse of the Day today was this:
Dear God, I sin. I don’t like it that I do, but I still find myself succumbing to some of my long-standing weaknesses. Please correct me and put me on the path of righteousness. Even more than wanting to please you, I want to honor you, so please, gently and consistently rid my heart of duplicity, deceit, and spiritual weakness. Nurture me in holiness. Change me to be more like Christ the Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The phrase that has elicited comments and questions is this one: “Even more than wanting to please you, I want to honor you…”
One regular reader put it this way, “That’s hard to wrap my mind around.” Others have asked, “What’s the difference?”
To me, at least for the warped way my mind and heart sometimes works, there is a huge difference. Pleasing someone can mean bringing them delight, but it can easily slip into just trying to keep them happy with us. There is a sense of keeping them appeased so they don’t drop us as a friend or fire us as an employee or punish us as God. But trying to honor someone, at least from where I’m coming from, is rooted in deep respect and appreciation. It is about wanting to bring them honor by living consistently with their character. So yes, more than wanting to please God, I’m wanting to honor the Father by living with His character and compassion. I believe if I honor God, my Father in heaven will both be pleased and delighted!