Are you a people pleaser? Do you tend to put other peoples feelings first usually at the expense of your own? The Bible tells us:
'There's trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests...Your task is to be true, not popular.' Luke 6:26 TM
As Christians, we don't have to let other people control us through their needs. Jesus didn't, even with his close friends. He didn't exactly rush to save Lazarus from dying, but waited several days. Jesus knew that he was called to the will of his Father and so did not allow himself to be pressurised by people or the culture.
'We're not called to be doormats, if people are walking all over you it's because you are lying down.' Lin Button
Real freedom is about learning to be more fully the person God created us to be. To quote one of my Facebook friends, 'We have to be so grounded in the Father's love, that it frees us to truly be ourselves.'