The only thing that keeps me sane (this is a relative term, as anyone who spends time with me can attest) is knowing that the things that seem really, really important and urgent are not as big a deal when I look at them in light of eternity. Let me elaborate.
I’m not what you’d really call laid-back. I’m laughing because that is a classic understatement! I’m an achiever, a make-it-happen kind of girl. I am a master, truly a master, of getting all tied up in knots over achieving a goal, moving ahead, getting the job done. This is a confession, not bragging rights.
A couple days ago I had a conversation with a new friend who expressed to me that when she’s around me she feels a sense of calm and peace. That I really bring that to her life and it’s impacted her. That is ALL Jesus! I’m so thankful that he is transforming me! How exciting that someone sees something in me that is not my natural self, but my in-the-process-of-being-transformed-into-his-likeness self.
I think one of the biggest things I’m learning is to remember who Jesus says I am. My identity is settled. It’s not up for grabs, based on the scoreboard or what others think of me. Nor even what I think of myself. My value is not in question. Now that’s something to holler about. (Have I lived in the Midwest too long? I’m pretty sure I didn’t really use the word “holler” when I lived in California.)
I truly believe that God honors excellence, that he values hard work, and that he is pleased when we do our best. He is not honored when we work from fear. Get out from under the burden that everything is up to you! Surrender your day to him. Right now. Like really right now. Did you do it? Okay, now you can move forward with the assurance that nothing is too big for you to handle because God’s got it covered. Listen to him, every minute. Ask for wisdom and vision. Live on the edge of your abilities, knowing that he’s going to take you higher and it’s not all up to you!
Life is short. I know it’s cliched, but we can all use a good reminder from time-to-time. Or, in my case, every day. Will what you choose today matter in eternity? I certainly hope so.