There’s a story about an old man and a young boy who were walking with a donkey. Somebody saw them making their way along the road and said, “Look at that waste. The old man and the boy are walking with the donkey and not using the donkey for what the donkey was created for.”
The old man thought that the passerby had a point. So the old man got up on the donkey and rode while the young boy led the donkey.
Someone else along the way saw the three and said, “Look at that old man making that little boy walk while he rides!” The old man thought that the second passerby had a point too so he switched places with the young boy. The young boy got up on the donkey and the old man led.
A little bit down the road, they passed a third person. That person said, “Look at that young boy making that old man walk while he rides. He is younger and stronger.”
Yet again, the old man thought that the point was valid.
The next person who saw them looked on in disbelief as the donkey was riding on the old man’s back.
The moral of the story: If you try to please everyone, you’ll drive yourself crazy!
“Many people did believe in Him…including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.” (John 12:42-43 NLT)