But we were not created for comfort……….

I found it interesting, as I came to write this post, that I tend to write when something is really bothering me.  It’s like I have too many thoughts swirling around in my head, and I can’t just choose one and focus on it for a minute.  Kind of like an out-of-control merry-go-round that’s going so fast you can’t really see what any of the animals look like, much less take it in and look at another.

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Anyway………..

Lots of good and some not-so-good things have happened in our house over the last year.  Talk about learning to praise Him through the storm!  When I look over all of the events, I KNOW without a doubt that it was HIS strength, not mine, that put one foot in front of the other.  My ‘theme verse” last year was 2 Corinthians 12:9:

but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It rang true in ever turn, every event that took place in 2013.  You can imagine how excited I was then when, in November, God gave me Isaiah 61 for 2014 – those are HIS promises to be fulfilled in my life this year.  And there are times that all I can do is cling to them (and thus to Him).  Promises to restore, to reconcile, to repay, to comfort, to build up.  (Go read it if you haven’t for awhile – how encouraging would it be to know that God had that in store for your life this year?)

 

Part of Isaiah 61, though, is about the anointing from God to do great works for His kingdom.  See, not only was I to receive all of those promises, but I’m also to help minister them as well.  Anyone that’s been “all in” for the kingdom knows that God doesn’t, not once, call us to be comfortable – we’re to take up our cross daily and follow Him, or we are not worthy of Him.

 

and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Matthew 10:38

 

God’s calling me to do some difficult things right now for His kingdom.  I wouldn’t be honest (or human) if I said there wasn’t a tiny corner in me that wants to just run the other direction.  But I’m not in this for me.  I’m in this for Him.  I’m in this because He loves me.  I’m in this because I can’t bear to see the sight of Jesus being scourged and think for a second that God wouldn’t call me to hard things if He sent His Son to endure His Passion for me.

 

But we were not created for comfort, but for greatness.”- Pope Saint Benedict XVI

 
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How perfect is perfectionism?

It’s not.

And if you’re a perfectionist that drives you nuts.

There are positive effects of being a perfectionist – when you do something it’s going to get done and get done wonderfully.  When your child has a Wizard of Oz birthday party there WILL be a yellow brick road, smooshed wicked witch cupcakes, over the rainbow fruit pizza, games that involve rainbow skittles and stuffing scarecrows and hunting for the ruby red slippers, melting witch punch, Totos in a blanket, munchkin carrots, emerald grapes, and ding dongs the witch is dead.  True story.

But the down side is, if I can’t do it and do it perfectly, I tend to not do it at all.

That’s the practical side of things, but during my journaling time recently I realized how it also negatively impacts my relationship with God.  You would think that, since His will is PERFECT, I’d be right on the bandwagon to surrender.  Surrendering my will to accomplish His will.  It means I will have some parts of the journey that aren’t part of my plan.  And it also means there will be times that I stumble and don’t get it perfect.  But no matter how much that makes me crazy, He still loves me more than I will ever realize, He’s still right there with me.  His mercy and power are greater than any mistake I could ever make.

So whenever I’m really stressing about getting every.single.little.detail.decision perfect, I need to remember that perfectionism is not what He asks of me.  He just asks for my heart.

but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9