“Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.'” (1 Samuel 15:24)
The story of Saul is a sad one. He is chosen as the first king of Israel and his downfall was not sex, money, alcohol, drugs, mismanagement, or abuse of power. When all was said and done, Saul lost his throne because of people pleasing. He offered a sacrifice that he was not permitted to perform for fear of people leaving him. He did not destroy the Amalekites and their possessions because “the people” wanted to keep the best stuff. Saul kept choosing people over God. Even when he knew the kingdom was going to be taken from him, he wanted Samuel to honor him with his presence before the people. He wanted to keep up appearances.
In this day of FB, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, it is so easy create a public persona for people to admire, “like”, and “follow” that had nothing to do with real character and integrity. If we are not careful, we will start to believe our own press at the expense of developing our personhood. If we are not careful, we will become superstars in our own minds and blur the lines between personal and public, appropriate and inappropriate disclosure because we are so caught up in ourselves and satisfying “our people’s” need (actually, their WANT) to know. In short, we will be so busy giving people what they want until, as leaders, we are following rather than leading.
Saul followed the people and lost his throne. Who are you trying to impress and what is it/will it cost you?