This afternoon I heard a quote that stopped me in my tracks.
“God isn’t after productivity; He’s after your heart.”
I was slain and relieved all at once.
It’s not been my most productive week. I haven’t felt well so I’m mostly going through the motions. I’m showing up where expected, but I don’t have much to show for the time spent. I can feel guilty pretty fast over that because I’m sort of driven.
The dictionary defines driven: Motivated by or having a compulsive quality or need.
I admit that I tend to measure my success and even my worth by how much I produce and how happy I’m making the people I’m producing for (craving approval is another story for later this month).
I’m my harshest critic. I should be more productive, I should be working harder, I should take a shower….
That familiar thief, comparison, is poised to snatch away my joy. I find myself discouraged over nothing in particular and everything in general. I’m frustrated over my inability to get things done even as I take careful note of all that everyone else is accomplishing (thanks, social media).
And then this afternoon some guy I’ve never heard of pops up on my radar and I decide to listen to him.
He talks about walking into every day, into every meeting, into every circumstance as a child of God.
He says my primary identity is not wife, mom, employee, or friend. My primary identity is God’s daughter.
I’m not an orphan who must figure it out on my own; I have a Father who loves me and who is going to take care of my needs.
I don’t have to claw and scrape out an existence today. Nothing is dependent on me and everything is dependent on Him.
Thanks, Allen Arnold. Thanks for the reminder.
I’m looking forward to feeling better and doing my part as He leads, but I’m so thankful that it isn’t up to me. He did not leave us as orphans!
I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
Friends, it begins when we start the day with this conversation: “Father, I can’t wait to see how you are going to work today.”
I’d love to hear how you walk in confidence, knowing that you have a faithful Father who is going to come through for you, in the most unexpected ways. Share your stories in the comments!
If you would like to know more about Allen Arnold, check out his book. Yep, it’s one more on my growing list of must-reads!