I read this in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, my all-time favorite devotional book. I just had to share it even though it was from July 22...I tend to read ahead sometimes (ok, all the time!). This book is written from a "Jesus perspective" as if He is speaking directly to us. It expresses Truth and has scripture references to help you dig a little deeper. The scriptures for this reading are Ephesians 5:8-10; Matthew 23:8 and Matthew 6:1.
Find freedom through seeking to please Me above all else. You can have only one Master. When you let others' expectations drive you, you scatter your energy to the winds. Your own desire to look good can also drain your energy. I am your Master, and I do not drive you to be what you are not. Your pretense displeases Me, especially when it is in My "service". Concentrate on staying close to Me at all times. It is impossible to be inauthentic while you are focusing on My Presence.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, friends. We bog ourselves down with so many expectations and become overwhelmed trying to please everyone else when all along, we only need to please God. What pleases Him? A heart that is focused on Him. Period.
Be free today...