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On my mind

I wanted to share something that’s been on my mind. I’ve been thinking about the mom who has a lot on her plate and not much time for herself. Or the girl who just feels the weight of it all. I want to remind her that she doesn’t need to have it all together or all figured out.

Most of us don’t. I know I definitely don’t. The majority of us are figuring out things as we go and we’re just doing our best to keep all our plates from dropping.

You don’t need to have it all together  

There is so much pressure for us today to be all to all and that just isn’t possible or necessary. I know for me personally, I struggle with anxiety. Anxiety over the small things and over the pleasing of other people. I get anxious about hosting new dinner guests, my work, giving gifts, really anything that has to do with other people.

Why?

Because I want them to be pleased with me. I want them to adore me and to love me. But is that really the what I should be worried about? Or what should be on my mind? Probably not.

The truth

The Gospel tells us that we don’t need to have it all together because there’s someone who does. There’s someone who has walked before us and he showed us the way to live in full surrender to God.

Grace through faith in Jesus: this is the true gospel.

We are free from having to please others or prove ourselves or be perfect. Christ has set us free from that. What matters is faith in Jesus who made a way for us and who shows us a better way.

We were called to be free because of what Christ did for us and with that freedom we are called to love one another and serve each other and be honest with each other.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. – Galatians 5:25-26

So what does that mean for us? Where do we go from here? We rest in his truth. We breathe him in and follow him daily. We surround ourselves with a community of believers who can walk through life together with us. People who you can go through the good things and the hard things with. People who really know you and you really know them.

“Awake, O sleeper,

and arise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:14

I love this verse. It gets me excited to live for Christ and remember that it’s not about me, it’s all about Him. It’s a reminder for me to breathe and just be present. It reminds me that if we are in Christ we have the Holy Spirit in us and we are to listen to him. We are to wake up and follow him every day. To be obedient to where he has us. To have faith and take action. To be a light for him to others. To not let anxiety overcome us, because God is in control completely and we can trust him in that. 

We can trust that everything he does is for our good and for HIS glory. God doesn’t require perfection from us or for us to earn our keep. He tells us the opposite: to come just as we are. He wants all of us, the messy things, the hard things, the things we work so hard to hide. He wants all of it and he makes it all new again.

An audience of one

So whatever may be causing you anxiety today friend, give it to God and trust him with it. We are living for an audience of one. Just him. Be obedient to him. Rest in him. Trust him. Be encouraged today. 

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