You can’t please them all

As sure as the saying, “You can’t win them all” is the saying, “You can’t please them all.”

Fickleness is one of the most trustworthy characteristics of humanity … and there’s a lot of irony in that statement.

Many people, political circles not included, believe they can get through life by making everyone happy. But sadly you can’t! This isn’t to say that diplomacy should be abandoned. Diplomacy is a godly characteristic (Isaiah 1:18; Romans 15:1-3; Colossians 4:6; 1 Peter 3:15). But good diplomacy won’t sacrifice the good by participating in the wrong … and this is why we can’t make everyone happy if we expect to be able to look in the mirror and know that our decisions and shared graces and godly pursuits are in harmony with God’s will.

Some of us become grieved at the idea of making others unhappy because we assume there is something wrong with us. If this is something you struggle with as a Christian, remember that even Jesus himself couldn’t make everyone happy, so we may as well stick to trying to please our unchanging God all of the time by doing his will (Galatians 1:10).

But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not lament.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’” (Matthew 11:16-19 NKJV)