Sisters, I pray that you hear the Lord speaking to you today – Stop measuring. Start celebrating. Keep believing. You are loved with an everlasting love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Celebrate Tiny Triumphs!
It happens almost as soon as we are born. Someone takes us away from loving arms to weigh and measure us. For the rest of our lives, we are continually assessed in one way or another. We must endure years of academic testing which give way to annual physicals, performance reviews, credit reports and of course the dreaded woman with the tape measure lurking in the lingerie department certain that you’re wearing the wrong size bra! All of this however is nothing compared to the way we constantly weigh and measure ourselves. Whether it’s climbing on the bathroom scale for a daily dose of torture or feeling guilty for not being a good enough whatever, it is so easy to live in judgment of ourselves. This week, I’ve been wrestling with what it means to live in grace. Our pastor preached this week on breaking free from the trap of performance. I loved what he said about God’s standard of acceptance being based on relationship, not performance. Monday morning, I was bracing myself to step on the scale when I heard the Holy Spirit so clearly say, “Stop measuring yourself.” As I went on about my day, I realized how often I do just that. Then the Lord spoke to me again, bringing to mind words I read from Sarah Young last week, “Rejoice in tiny triumphs.” I believe the Lord wants us to stop looking for opportunities to grade ourselves and start looking for opportunities to celebrate every step our hearts take in grace. I struggle with getting my kitchen floor mopped. For some reason it is the hardest thing in the world to get it done. This morning, by the grace of God, I mopped my kitchen! I didn’t do it to earn a gold star on my internal performance chart, I just did it to bless my house and I celebrated it being clean – at least until school got out. When it comes to my relationship with the Lord, I’m trying to learn to rejoice in it. Instead of having a quiet time because it is the right thing to do, I want to take the time to spend with the Lord because He loves me and I love Him. Wow. What a difference maker. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this is all still a struggle for me, but I’m also excited because my Abba Father has brought me so much freedom and joy and I know this is just another step in that journey.