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I posted this image on my Instagram last Tuesday. More than anything, I put this on my timeline for myself. I needed this reminder.
You see, I caught myself in a slump of sorts recently. I felt tired, drained, unmotivated. It was as if I was doing things on auto-pilot and just mentally willing the burnout to go away.
I later realized it was frustration and exhaustion that got to me. I was frustrated at my inconsistencies and mistakes. And I was tired of trying so hard, day in and day out. I suspect I also got bored with my routine.
So last week, I spent my time and energy getting back on track. I began with a longer, quieter, and deeper prayer and devotion time. This was key to everything else I was able to accomplish later on.
The gentle reminder I got from the Lord was this: my chief end is to glorify God and enjoy His love. The goals I set for myself and the drive I tried to follow--good as they are--blurred my vision of God's purpose for me. I had become too performance-oriented, and unintentionally relegated the Lord to an "office boss"--another person who added pressure to attain goals.
Imagine the peace that overcame me when I read through Proverbs again and re-discovered that God is not so much boss as He is Father.
All He wanted was for me to bask in His love! Unlike the world, God did not expect me to tick off every goal on my list. In fact, the Bible acknowledges that you and I will fail sometimes, and that is okay. God will never press us for something we don't have the energy to give.
During times of frustration and exhaustion, the Lord simply wants me (and you) to lean on Him. He is Abba Father. Make baby steps and offer tiny victories--and expect to see God respond with the great, extraordinary things.
Have a blessed week!