For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed writing – journal entries, short stories, poems, etc. For the younger me, it was easy to attach words to the worlds I created in my head because there was no pressure. Now, as I’m working towards a writing career, I’m consistently overthinking and repeatedly riddled with anxiety, stemming from the pressure to be perfect. But, as Anne Lamott says in Bird by Bird, “Perfection is the voice of oppression.”
As we grow deeper in our Christian faith, our God-given gifts coupled with God’s grace will take us places we never thought possible. But, if we wait until we have it all figured out to take the first step, we will always be waiting. Instead, let’s strive to go where God has called us in spite of all the worries that beg us to stop. Let’s sing the songs, let’s write the books, let’s share the Gospel, let’s give our time and resources sacrificially.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 NIV)
As we continue to spend time with God, we will find joy, not in perfection, not in affirmation of others, not in monetary gain, but in doing God’s will. There we will find true treasure. There our hearts will be satisfied. There we will be fulfilled. In this life, our senses will let us down, but our faith will not. As we trust God, everything will always work out, not perfectly, but purposefully.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
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