Words Of Grace & Praise // John 17
It's pretty simple: I want the words I write and the words I speak to be from Him, or at the very least inspired by Him and a reflection of His grace and love.
It's so easy to get caught up in what I believe the world expects or wants from me. Somewhere along the way, I started believing the lie that it was my responsibility, my duty... that somehow I owed it to the world to live up to man's expectations. Not only is that just not true, it's also a lot of pressure. And it's pressure I've been putting on myself, because even if people do have certain expectations of me, even if people do want me to act or speak a certain way, that is an expectation of their own, that they have applied to my life. Whether or not I apply other people's expectations to my own life is a choice I get to make for myself.
More often than I care to admit, I've said and done and been what the world's wanted instead of what God wants. But like I mentioned before, I want the words I write here and the words I speak at home, on coffee dates, at social events, and wherever-I-may-be to be inspired by Him and a reflection of His grace and love. I don't want my words (or actions!) to be influenced by the world, anymore!
So from this day forward (it should've been sooner), instead of putting my efforts into saying and doing what I believe the world wants to hear and see from me, I'm going to do my best to ensure that my words and actions simply speak love. I expect I'll slip up here and there, and may forget every now and then who I'm living my life for. I think that's only natural, as it's our human nature, but I don't intend to use my human nature as an excuse. I don't want to fit in, I don't want to impress you or them or whomever. I don't want to conform and people-please.
I want to be led by the Holy Spirit. Let me rephrase: I want to allow the Holy Spirit to lead me. He's already been trying to lead me and guide me -- I know because I'm writing this right now and you're reading it and I can feel what's coming in the next months (or years). But in other aspects of my life, I've not let Him have complete control. I've let the world and society determine my next steps in too many things. And I want that to stop now.
Friends, I've been convicted here, but I suspect I'm going to need focus-shifting reminders every now and again. I'll occasionally fall back into pleasing the world, despite my desire to please God first.
If you're with me, here's a helpful little list of affirmations (words of grace and praise!) I've thrown together that will help us gain perspective and shift our attention back to Christ and God's truth:
- God created you to be like Christ, not to be like everyone else.
- God wants a relationship with you -- He's not concerned about "what other people think."
- You don't need to impress God. He made you -- He knows what you're capable of.
- You do not have to apply other people's expectations to your own life.
- Your life and what you do with it should be about God. He wants you to be who He made you to be.
And because I love you:
I'd love to know what you think! Were you picking up what I was putting down, here? Drop a note below and tell me I'm not alone! ⤵︎
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