Too often, we find ourselves trying to uncover this mysterious will God has for our lives. There’s nothing wrong with figuring out what God wants you to do, but when we fixate on this, it freezes us into a life of inaction.
Here’s the thing: God’s will for your life isn’t some elaborate Rubix cube you have to solve. God’s will is for you to just live your life while using what you have to love Him and love people.
True friends are the ones that stay after parties and help you clean up. They’re the ones that aren’t just available for the fun things; they stick around for the messy things. Ruth didn’t bail on Naomi because it would be hard. She stuck around to help pick up the pieces Naomi had left. I’m sure Ruth had thoughts telling her to go home, to let Naomi figure everything out on her own. But she pushed past those and sacrificed. She chose to lay down her life, expecting nothing in return.
When we accept Christ as our Savior, we can no longer identify by the names we once held. You are no longer identified as a slave to sin or as a person without love. Instead, you are known as being fully accepted in Christ.
Sometimes I feel like we get so wrapped up in doing things for God that we forget our relationship with Him is the ultimate thing. Serving God is awesome, but we can’t forget the love God has for us and the relationship He desires we have with Him. We let our pride and stress tell us that we need to work harder; our worry that we’re not “good enough” forces us to prove that we are.
But the truth is, we can’t prove that we’re good enough. We weren’t good enough. That’s why Jesus had to step in. And because of the cross and His resurrection, God sees us as being enough.
While I’m sure many pastors love their jobs, they aren’t necessarily immune from the stress and pressure of their calling. Anytime the well-being of multiple people is present, a one-size-fits-all approach is not going to work, making the challenge of leading and serving a variety of personalities difficult. We can’t always make a pastor’s workload lighter, but we can show them they are appreciated and valued.
Most of my life, I felt constant pressure to fit into a specific mold of what a true Christian woman was. We all know what she looks like: bakes goodies, has an obsession with fancy table settings, and likes to host themed brunches with mini muffins. She is always super sweet and hugs people all the time.
Bro. That is not me. Not even a little bit.
In this season of my life, I’m learning about engagement.
The more I rest in this season, the more I learn to be still in the presence of my God, the more I’m realizing that He’s not concerned with the outside appearance or the outside successes. He calls each of us to a different life. He creates each of us with different strengths, different weaknesses, different gifts, and different passions.
Christ has freed you from the hold of this world. We are no longer held to the standards we may face here. But that freedom doesn’t mean we get to live however we want. It doesn’t mean we have Jesus’s okay to be jerks to people who believe differently than us.
And when you see His face,
When you’re done with this world,
When your journey is over,
When you hear those words,
“Well done, my servant, my friend.”
It will be worth it.