If I had to convey my greatest fear it would be not being enough…
Not being a good enough mom to my two year old son
Not being a good enough wife to my husband of five and a half years
Not being a good enough child of God
Not being enough.
And I can bet that, as a mom, you might just be feeling the same exact way.
You see, I have a terrible habit of wanting to do everything and please everyone.
Yes, I’ll admit it: I'm a co-dependant-people-pleaser.
But I’m discovering that I cannot do it all...
And here's the secret that I wish I could beat into my head: God never intended for me to do all and be all.
In fact, Paul even talks about it in Galatians 1:10:
"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be servant of Christ"
When I stumbled upon this verse it was like a complete God moment- just the right message at just the right time. The words seemed to jump out of that verse and it penetrate my heart like a hot knife.
So often I'm trying to win the approval of my friends and other people around me.
I do things, say things and try to be the person I need to be to "measure up" to the standards that I think they’ve set for me. And so I set myself up for failure every time.
The truth is that most of the time those “standards” are poor assumptions.
And the most important truth is that I should be seeking God's approval.
And do you want to know the wonderful thing about that?
There is nothing I can do or not do to change God's unconditional and infinite love for me. He loves me just as I am.
Whether my house is in order or it looks like it was hit by my two-year-old tornado..
He loves me.
Whether I have 20 minutes of quiet time with Him or just barely get through a small prayer…
He loves me
I don't have to measure up. I don't have to do it all. I am enough, because God loves me.
And He loves you the same way.
So what do we do with this? Daily we pray and ask God to speak His truth. Daily we ask what He would have us to accomplish- not for man’s approval, or our glory- but to follow after God’s heart that we may draw people unto Him.
So let us go with a passion and a freedom that comes from knowing God loves us and His approval is all we need!
Word of the Day
"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10
Heavenly Father invade my heart and mind. Help me to realize that I am one person and I cannot do it all. Speak your truth into me and give me grace to do your will, to focus and follow your heart to bring you glory and lead people to you. Help me to set boundaries for myself and learn when to say "no". Thank you Father for your unwavering love. In Jesus' Name.
Author: Kim Crowe