Abandoning the Need to Do It All

//When you’re not a stuff person, it’s really easy to become a do-it-all junkie. I can’t even tell you how eager I am to get started spring cleaning my burgeoning closet and my basement junk room! Kids toys? Let’s throw them out the window! Spring cleaning makes me feel lighter, accomplished, and free to think. It’s a stark contrast to my mind.

I’m a recovering Yes-girl. For almost 30 years, I’ve gotten my identity from doing what others couldn’t, being capable, reading every detail, and being the first to raise my hand, right there on the front row. Really, I wish I could maintain this break-neck pace, but it’s not sustainable.

I am abandoning my need to be abandoned to expectations: mostly mine. Friends, I am so doggone weary from trying to achieve and attain: I have lost my focus. //

A couple of years ago, I went after this writing life with such ferocity, and stopped striving for the deepest purpose that satisfies me: enjoying God and glorifying Him.

This week I’ve hardly written a word, except in my journal. It has felt so good! Writing is my thing, but I have to be blunt here: it is not my main thing, no matter what it looks like on the outside, no matter what I say to try to fool you into believing I’m self-published, independent, and sold out to the words. Honestly, I’m not right now. I’m sold out to cleaning up my life so I can run toward the things that matter: my family and our heart for God, our upcoming vacation, and trying a new venture for my own spiritual well-being. Words are simply a means to an end.

So let’s get to what matters. Maybe it’s a radical soul closet clean-out or simply sitting down to actually finish a book.

My advice? Abandon whatever’s holding you back from stuffing your life with God. Tweet This

Now pull your hair back. Let’s get to work, with abandon…

Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! -Hebrews 12:1B-3 (MSG)

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March 10, 2017