Who do you try to please? If it’s other people, you will soon find yourself deflated. People have their expectations of you, and when you don’t fulfill them, they are disappointed. However, with God, he knows our weakness, he knows people, he knows that we contend with evil every day, and he forgives us of our shortcomings. That’s the kind of love he has for us. Set your face toward God, and don’t worry about what others think; ultimately, it is only he that matters.
If we strive for excellence in him, though we may not meet the mark, he sees our forward trajectory and is pleased by our striving toward our goal, which is the upward call toward him.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14