Saturday, February 9, 2013

An Introduction, a Confession, and Everything that Lies Between


Well, if you were wondering what in the world the sticky notes thing was doing just chilling at the top of the page, here's you're chance to find out.

Sticky notes is something I do on a semi-regular basis. When I have a profound (or sometimes not so profound) thought, I write it on a sticky note, plop it on a my sticky note wall where I continue to think about it each time I see it.

So when I was creating this blog, I knew this was one of my quirks I needed to share with the world, and so today is the day of introduction to the sticky note.

Of course, this is where the confession time comes in. I am a perfectionist. Yes, I'm sure you've heard a bajillion people say this before. What some perfectionists won't tell you is that it can be immobilizing. Seriously. We want things to be so perfect, that instead of doing it, we end up procrastinating because we can't get it right in our head or in real life.

Yet in following God is not about perfect, in fact He alone is perfect, so really my attempts at perfection are fruitless. Instead, God calls us to be faithful. Proverbs 3:3-4 even tells us,
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. (ESV) 
What holds you back from being faithful?

My perfection got the best of me for a few days, and I ended up not writing here because I did not have the perfect thing to say to you, some uplifting story from my week or the most fantastic insight in the Word. Yet, that is not what God called me to do, I'm called to love and be faithful, which is why today I'm attempting to fulfill my purpose and write.

Another little truth from this verse, Success in the Lord is contingent on our faithfulness.

So next time you being to question your success, stop thinking in the world's terms, and ask yourself were you faithful to what God asked of you?

Whatever it is stopping you from being faithful - be it perfection, fear, lack of preparation, or a multitude of other things - my prayer is that the Lord will release you from it. Join me as we ask God freed from the lies holding us back and run wide-open in the direction He has called us.

Grace and Peace,
Lesley

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