You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time?
Apparently this is an adaptation of a (different) statement made by Abraham Lincoln.(?)
But most of us would agree it holds up in the context of Life’s experience.
We know we can be extremely gullible when listening to sales talk, and before we know it we have signed up, only to later regret that we did.
Sales talk that was pleasing to the ears. We were amongst some of the people who were pleased some of the time as a result.
All of the people some of the time, might be illustrated by a free giveaway at a store, where everyone got the free sample and so all of the people were pleased, but not the following week when they were displeased at a price rise on a favourite product, so all pleased but only for some of the time.
Some of the people all of the time, would be illustrated by free transport for the over-sixties.
But what can’t be done, apparently, is to please all of the people all of the time.
In this context there are two interesting scriptures:
Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
In a nutshell setting out to please God and not man, even (and this is a tall order) when it doesn’t please any of the people any of the time
When we tell a child not to put their hand near the fire, the adventurous, curious child may not like it, may not be pleased, but it needs, for it’s highest good, to hear the parent.
Is there anything we need to hear for our highest good that may not please us at this time?