In this blog, I’d love for you to feel a sense of possibility that God’s wishes for you are better than you think.
Most of us are so busy, (myself included), that we often don’t take much time to ponder this idea of God’s wishes for us.
But, I encourage you to pause for a minute…what do you think God does wish-for you?
Do you think he wants you to know His love more? I’m confident that is true. I deeply believe He longs for you to be more and more secure in His love. To know a freedom from fear and guilt and shame in your heart that would make you feel more and more alive.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Now, let me a bit provocative, just to live on the edge a bit, and talk about work.
Do you think He wishes you to work more?
Do you think He wishes for you to work harder?
My guess is for most of you, the answer is no. I am inclined to say he probably wants you to work less.
Why would I say that? Because I’m guessing you’re like me.
One of my greater struggles is pushing myself too hard. Of having expectations for myself that I am more and more confident are not from Him.
Let me illustrate, and please see if you can relate to this.
I just did the first two days of a coaching skills training program earlier this week. There are around 30 students in the class.
After a full day of 3 giving talks, modeling live coaching, and leading a film discussion, I had fully intended on doing some rigorous writing that evening to try to stay on a schedule I’d set up for myself.
That doesn’t sound very smart, does it. Well, it’s true.
As the evening began, I was starting to feel the reality closing in on me that my plan wasn’t going to work. It was slowly dawning on me that if I was going to have the mental energy I needed for the next day, I would not be doing that writing I had planned on.
Now, a few years ago, I would have really tried to do that writing…pressuring myself even more and clearly overtaxing myself. That usually puts me in places where I am trusting God less and more likely to fall for Satan’s tricks.
Not a good place to be.
Yet, by the grace of God, my gradual maturing, and through a gracious conversation with my wife, I realized that what I needed to do that night was let go of that writing expectation (work less), trust God more with the writing schedule, and focus on the wonderful things that happened that day.
That was an enormous gift.
By letting go of working harder, I was able to move into a place of thanksgiving.
By slowing down, I was able to appreciate that I was getting another chance to do what matters immensely to me: help build the Body of Christ by supporting and strengthening Christian leaders.
Then, the next day during the training, there were times when I was able to be much more present to the wonder of what I get to do, and to see the goodness in the students that much more clearly.
Those were sweet moments.
I recognized them because I was able to trust more and work less the night before.
Isn’t that interesting?
I never expected that to happen, but it did.
Now let me just say a couple more things, to help clarify this.
I’m not saying that God wants us to be slackers, and bail on our responsibilities.
I’m not saying that there aren’t times when we need to sacrifice and exert enormous effort to do something that God is asking us to do.
I’m saying I believe there are more times than we think when our sense for what needs to be done by when, or by whom, is at times misguided.
Why? Because I’m pretty God’s wishes for us to enjoy greater fullness than we often do.
I’m pretty sure He wants us to enjoy celebrating more, and experience the rich gift of breaking into authentic thanksgiving more and more.
Because when we do that, it strengthens our relationship with Him. It also means we are growing in trusting Him.
Those are beautiful things that I’m pretty sure He wishes for us to enjoy too.
Encouragements and Suggestions
I am confident that for nearly all of you as Christian leaders, that God is truly pleased with your efforts. I am super confident He loves you–struggles and all–through and through. I hope you can rest in that more and more.
I’m also suggesting that you slow down and ask Him: What do you think about my workload and expectations of myself?
I am confident His answer will come from a place of love, grace and truth.
I am confident too that His answer will lead you to greater life.
May you able to hear more and more of His wishes for you, and may you find your way to the good good yoke that is just right for you.
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