It’s no secret that we live in a world where more is better. We believe that if we work harder we will be the richest, fastest, strongest and most successful person we can be. As a result of this belief, we often feel guilty for not doing something.
If I have time to sit around I have time to _____________ (fill in the blank)
If I don’t have a list of things that I can scratch-off, then I don’t feel accomplished
I’m not worthwhile if I don’t perform. If I’m not doing something then I’m not contributing
Have you ever fell victim to any of these lies? The lies that suggest you aren’t good enough because you don’t do enough.
I have, and the consequences of not only believing this way but living this way, leave us bound and slaves to our work, performance and the belief that we will never measure up.
I have in the past written a post about Why our goals don’t matter, and not only do they not matter, but they can hinder us from what our real goal is.
The chapter of “Fervent” I am posting about is about pressure and the importance of Sabbath and margin within the context of rest. Far too many of us walk around feeling bound by our responsibilities and duties either at work or at home, or sometimes even in the church. This leads us to feel stuck and live our lives in fear.
Anytime you feel like you can’t say No, that is a warning that something has enslaved you. Maybe it’s the commitment itself, or even the desire to be liked wanted and loved, but my sweet friends,
Not every good thing is a God thing.
Sometimes we have to say No to good things in order to do what God has called us to do. Intellectually we know this, but we still find ourselves trying to do more to be more.
I’m guilty of this too. This fall I attempted to take some responsibility off of my plate in order to rest more. Yeah, what I actually ended up doing was removing one thing and replacing it with another.
How easily we are tricked to keep trying to run the rat race! We “keep on, keeping on” that ol’ hamster wheel running and doing, only to be exhausted in the end with nothing to show for it.
We feel pressure all around us, but sometimes the most pressure we feel comes from ourselves. The pressure we put on ourselves is something we can never live up to.
And that is exactly what Satan wants you to think! But here is the truth:
You’re value is not in what you do, but in who you are.
You will never do enough to be enough because you already are enough.
And to embrace that truth will break the bonds that bound you.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery Galatians 5:1
Friends, I have exciting news to share! I will be starting #write31days again for the month of October, be on the lookout for the new prayer verses and quotes series starting Sunday, October 1!