Are you like me and struggle to chill out? I realize that this is not the majority of the populace, but if you’re a perfectionist, results-driven, and constantly surveying your surroundings to accomplish, conquer, and overtake, then I know you do, too. Have that voice inside your head that beats you up for not being productive? Guess what? That’s not the Voice of Peace speaking. Trust me; I know.
I grew up being very performance-based. I haven’t decided if that was already inside of me or whether those were the standards set by my parents, or both. Either way, it’s a struggle to this day. There is freedom in resting. Who wants to live in a cage? My worth cannot be based on what I accomplish. My worth has to be based on my very existence.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16 NIV
Yes, I am a Christian. I believe God created me so He could love me. Period. Do people create a child so that child can do all the work in the home? No! They have a child so they can love it. Now, as a result of receiving His love, I set about to do what I believe He’s called me, but He will love me just as much if I never accomplish it. This is real freedom: not having to perform for love, but being given it freely, without terms and conditions. This is the rest of God.
I was blessed in October in such a wonderful way. If any of you watch HGTV’s show Fixer Upper, you know Chip & Joanna Gaines reside in Waco, Texas, and have a store called Magnolia Market. On their show, they purchased a property with old silos to convert into a new store. Quite by accident (in my mind), I ended up being the first customer at the new location! (You can read all about that on Joanna’s Facebook page in the visitor posts.) Jimmy Don, one of Joanna’s contractors, makes these beautiful signs out of metal sheets with the words excised. Mine says, “Let whatever you do today be enough.” How appropriate. The very thing with which I struggle, the very thing I have to remind myself of when the voice starts talking, will be met head-on by a physical reminder of a God-orchestrated blessing. I cannot doubt my worth. God loves me and shows me daily my value. It’s not about how I perform; it’s about receiving my purpose: to be loved by Him.
Fellow perfectionists, I call you out! Let whatever you do today be enough, and walk in freedom by receiving His love. It’s not about you; it’s all about Him.