Five minute Friday- Release
Release makes me think of releasing preconceived notions about what life should look like, all parts of it.
Working/careers, marriage, parenthood, homesteading, homeschooling, self care (working out, eating right, relaxing, etc), church, friendships … None of those things actually look like how most of us imagine they will.
I think the biggest question we have to ask ourselves to avoid disappointment and giving up is, “Are these God’s ideas or mine?”
Often our ideas don’t really line up with the Lord’s. Our plans, our expectations really aren’t His ideals, but our own. And as scripture tells us, our hearts don’t know what’s best, so our minds certainly don’t (Jeremiah 17:9). Our minds are wrapped up in what is of the world-what our co workers should be doing, what our spouses say, how our children should behave, what church should look like- very rarely do our expectations for life really line up with Jesus.
And that’s okay; not because it is actually okay, but because we are flawed. We are sinners in a fallen world and walking with Jesus takes work, dedication, and a whole lot of prayer. It is a characteristic, a habit (Charlotte Mason), if you will that requires us to be self aware, using our walk with Jesus to find grace and make changes.
I’ve found many things within myself I’ve wanted to change don’t need my focus- they need prayer and direction. Rather than focusing on what needs “fixing,” we can replace the word stop with become.
For instance: I don’t want to stop being critical of others in life, I want to become their example of grace.
Releasing preconceived notions in all areas of life seems like a perfect way to be closer to the Father, lean on Him instead of our own understanding.
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