Do you know, I felt a little weird writing that title?
That’s how ingrained the thought process is in my head. And up until last week, I didn’t realize it.
Lately I’ve posted about what God’s teaching me in the areas of stress, joy and my theory that just because you feel something, doesn’t mean you have to believe it.
A big part of combating stress and seizing joy has been sniffing out the lies in my head and replacing them with God’s truth.
I already knew there were triggers that made me feel blah. The big ones were:
- A feeling that God’s given me an amazing life and opportunities and I’m not giving enough back.
- Stress that I’m making the wrong decision (not wrong as in sinful, just wrong as in ‘this other one would work better’).
- Worry about money/career/future/house, etc.
The first two things on this list especially contributed to a general feeling that God wasn’t happy with my efforts, but I didn’t know how to fix it. A feeling that He was disappointed.
Since I decided to stop stressing and instead actively pursue joy and peace, I’ve been on the lookout for this yucky feeling. It’s been an eye-opener—not even I realized how often it was getting me down. It was all the time! But I’ve found some important truths to fight it:
- Yes, God has given me an amazing life. But I have been on the lookout for opportunities to join Him in His work. I’ve been obedient, I’ve been faithful. I’ve taken action when the chance arose. And I’m asking for His help to further improve. The only reason I think I’m not giving enough back, is because I can’t see churches full of people I’ve converted. But last week I posted about how God doesn’t measure success by numbers. What matters is faithfulness, so if I’m faithful, I’m all good.
- I read an excerpt of Experiencing God today that described me perfectly.
You worry every time you must take a turn. You often freeze up and cannot make a decision.
Yep, that’s totally me. You know what Henry Blackaby was describing here? People who don’t trust God to lead them one step at a time.
It’s a common pattern throughout the Bible—God often called people to action, but only gave them one piece of the puzzle at a time. If I trust Him and make sure I’m obedient one day at a time, then each day I know I’m right where He wants me.
- Worry about the future is basically a lack of trust in God—something I’m very aware of, have posted about before and am dealing with.
And just like that, the foreboding feeling that I’m a disappointment to God is disappearing. It’s being replaced with a desire for more of God, and the knowledge that if I’m listening and obedient one day at a time, I’m okay.
Actually, I’m more than okay. 🙂
Can you relate to my story? How has God addressed your fears or worries? Comment below!
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