Oftentimes we wake up, start our day with many to-do lists, whether in our mind or on paper. At times, the list will loom heavier and heavier as our day goes on. There are times when we may cross off only one item and wonder why we even have a list at all! But then again, life is that way isn’t it? I suffered from this syndrome for many, many years, driving myself to depression because I couldn’t do it all.
We may read magazines and blogs that show Godly women doing all kinds of good works and begin comparing ourselves with them. We see women doing their own gardening, making food from scratch, homeschooling, making their own clothes, etc, and start to believe we are inadequate as a woman of God, mother, or wife if we don’t live up to what we feel is the ‘perfect’ standard. We don’t have the perfectly clean house, uncluttered, neatly decorated, having all children always in subjection to the “rules” all the time, a perfect attitude with our children and/or spouse, etc. We have a high expectation as to what we feel is honorable, virtuous, and/or noble. You may feel if we don’t meet these high expectations, we might as well throw in the towel — but not on our clean clothes pile. 😉 We find ourselves becoming tired, stressed, and discontent with life and producing the opposite of what we intended.
If you are this type of organized person, it’s a blessing. Not everyone has that gift, and it is truly a gift! Yet, using that list to measure how valuable we are can quickly become a stumbling block if we don’t view our worth as God does. Using our lists as our worth is a burden you don’t have to bear and can even sometimes crowd out the more excellent gifts that God wants you to enjoy in life. All of these gifts can bring joy to your life, contentment, and happiness. Add these to the top of your list and you won’t go wrong! 🙂
1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
1Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
What does God think of you?
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish but have (everlasting) life.
– JOHN 3:16
God loves you! You are special to Him. God doesn’t love you because you are a good person or do everything right. He loves you because He is love. Love is not something God does; it is something He is. It is His nature.
God’s love is pure and ever flowing. It cannot be earned or deserved. It must be received by faith.
In Ephesians 3:19 Paul prays that we may come to really know this love. When we do, we are strengthened in our inner man. When we are strengthened inwardly outward difficulties cannot defeat us.
Unless you have received it yourself, you cannot give love away. Let God love you. Receive His love for you. Bathe in it. Meditate on it. Let it strengthen you. Then give it away. 1
Our gifts of love and service throughout the day should be in a response to God because of His unfailing love for us, desiring to honor Him in all we do. We love Him because He first loved us and want to please Him.
God certainly appreciates all your acts of love to your family, your church, and to Him. It’s hard living in this world of uncertainty, where you shine in a world of darkness, and you DO shine! God loves you for you, not for the things that you do. You are precious to Him, even so much as to portray His church as a virtuous women. I view you all as the pillars of the new generation of the church. You are our joy. You are our consolation, our encouragement for a more solid church of the future. Keep up the good work ladies!! 🙂