Inside Out Movie Devotional (Don’t be a people pleaser)


Before I even went to see the film Inside Out, I knew I would probably end up writing a devotional about it. Now that I have seen it, I think I could actually write a couple of devotionals based on this film.

The basic idea of the film is that everyone has feelings living in their head. These feelings control the way they feel, the way they act and almost everything else about them.

The main character in the film, a young girl called Riley, moves home across the country with her parents, this leads to series of events which cause her to become seriously unhappy, and for her feelings to go into meltdown! Affecting her actions and even her personality.

As I said, before, there’s a lot that could be taken from this movie, but these are three points that really stood out to me.

All emotions are good. Even the hard ones like sadness. God gave us our emotions for a reason, even if we can’t always understand why. If you don’t believe me just take a look at the psalms.

Don’t let your emotions control you. I’m sure that we have all had times when we have let our emotions take control. Maybe you have jumped to the wrong conclusion because of anger or been upset and not even known why. The effects of this can be devastating. That’s why it is so important to try and understand our emotions and gain control of them. One of the best ways to do this is by clinging onto the truth. God is always real, he is always near and he always loves us; whether it feels like it or not!

Don’t be a people pleaser. One little scene in the movie really stood out to me. In it Riley’s mum turned to her and said something along the lines of. “Thank you so much for being happy for us, it has really helped me and your dad, please keep it up for us.”

Uh-oh, I thought as soon as I heard that, then I turned to Joe and said. “That’s how you screw up a child and turn them into a people pleaser.”

And was I right or what! After this moment everything really went down for Riley, as she tried to hide her feelings and focused on pleasing her parents. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try and make others happy, being a people pleaser is a slightly different thing. It means we compromise our selves and God in trying to make others happy.

The bible says a lot about trying to please people instead of God, and none of it is good.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

Trying to please people is an impossible persuit. We might be able to make a few people happy sometimes, but we can’t “please all the people all the time.” Trying to do so is foolish.

Focusing on trying to make ourselves happy is no better either. We could have all the fame and all the money in world, but without God we would still be unhappy.

The only way we can find true happiness, or joy, is by persuing God.


2 thoughts on “Inside Out Movie Devotional (Don’t be a people pleaser)

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  2. That’s interesting. I saw the movie for the first time a few days ago, and when that scene happened I cringed, thinking, “what a huge burden to put on a hurting child.” It was a desperate plea of “please don’t rock the boat, Riley, we just can’t take it right now!” I saw hints of major adult problems in the background, but as the movie cleverly went from a child’s point of view, there were no details. (How awful was that house? What a way to show shifting fortunes.)

    Anyway, I hadn’t made the people pleasing connection. Yes, that is so true.

    When I was studying psychology I went to a series of lectures on family dynamics and they were talking about how larger families have so many roles, including the black sheep and the good kid. The good kid is the one who they say, “thank God for………, what would we do without them?” They balance out the negativity, but the weight of that role on the good kid is savage and they can’t cast it off, as they feel the family would collapse if they did.

    Thanks for another great post.


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