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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
“People are coming over to visit and see you not your house, and if perhaps they are there to see your house instead then they shouldn’t be there”
~ My Aunt Nette~
“Excuse the mess”. How many times have you heard or said that when people have come by to visit you? Especially when you have little people and their toys are sprawled everywhere!
I know I’m supposed to love and serve my family well but I can’t help but feel a sense of panic come over me when I know someone is coming over. I want everything to be perfect. I want everything to be welcoming and inviting, the smell of clean versus the smell of potty training in the downstairs bathroom. I desire that when guests come to stay they leave refreshed and better because they’ve been here with my loving family. Not me wondering if they’re secretly talking about my husband and I having yet another disagreement in front of them during their stay at our home. I desire to look like the perfect homemaker, wife, mother, prayer warrior, girlfriend, and all around jack of all trades while mastering it all with the least effort.
That’s a tremendous amount of pressure for me to place on myself and my family for that matter. They can’t handle me as a modern-day June Clever, I’m clearly not cleaning in pearls, a dress, heel, and smiling all while doting on them. No, I’m sometimes frantically rushing my children from one room to next vacuuming and scrubbing trying to get the red onion smell out from last nights southwestern taco salad. God NEVER has nor will ever ask his children to bare that type of burden. We are to seek him in all things, do what he asks and trust him with the outcome.
As our feature scripture tells us that when we trust in, walk with, and learn from him we can live freely and lightly. We see in this same verse a promise, but if you read it with the same knowledge of “I’ve read this verse a million times” you’ll miss it. It says “I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.” So then why do we constantly try to carry the heavy things that don’t fit our lives?
This one promise will be my measuring stick to know if I’m purposely wearing myself down or if God has gifted me this time. Although, it will be work and require utter dependence upon Him it won’t leave me depleted because I’m working with him and not alone in my own strength.
I am so glad that my purpose has never been wrapped in perfection. I’m thankful that when my view gets distorted and I’m distracted that I can place it all at his feet and he restores every part of me.
Lord, thank you for seeing me where I am just as I am and still being in love with me so much that you’d make it a point to not give me anything that’s not specifically for me at this time in my life. Thank you that your purposes for me drive the idol of perfection out of my heart and is replaced with trust and assurance in you only. Amen