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How do I please God? A Reflection on Hebrews 11:6

I believe at some time in our lives we wonder, "How do I please God?" We have metrics for pleasing our employer and teachers, and we have learned through experience how to please our parents, friends and family members. We know these things, and we choose to please them through meeting their expectations or not. 

But, you may ask one day, "How do I please God? What are the expectations of that relationship, and how can I choose to meet them?" 

I returned to a familiar passage of Scripture this morning, and I was reminded the answer to our deep longing to please God.

At the beginning of a  lengthy passage to encourage his readers to be strong in their faith as they face trials and doubt, the writer to the Hebrews wrote this:
Without trust it is impossible to please God. It is necessary that the one drawing near to God trust God exists and that God is a 'rewarder' to those who seek Him. (Heb. 11:6, my translation)
How do you please God? 

1. Trust God exists, and 
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