For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
This world is very much performance driven. And, from a very young age too. For example, "If you eat all your dinner... you can have desert." With social media, it's taken on new heights and depths that threaten to eat us all alive if we are not careful.
Psalm 18:30a - God's way is perfect.
So why do I strive to have MY way? God must think I look silly straining and striving to just measure up and do all and be all "that" - whatever or whoever "that" is. He's probably thinking... “Girl, you are gonna pull a hamstring trying so hard. Or slip a disc with all the ways you are trying to bend over backward to do things YOUR way. Don't you know you're not built for that? I in all My infinite wisdom did not build you to do that, or to be like so-and-so either.”
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Before I hurt myself something awful maybe I need to be more about His presence than my performance. Look at Exodus 34:29-30 Here we see Moses spending time with God and his very face began to glow radiantly. (Who knew!? All these expensive face creams and all it takes to glow radiantly is to spend time with our Maker...for free.)
This verse states that, Moses wasn’t aware his face had become radiant. Moses wasn't thinking about what he looked like only what his God was like. Yet what did others notice? The radiance of Moses' face. When we marinate in His presence it will be His fragrance we leave in our wake everywhere we go. People will experience the fruit of His Spirit within us.
Jesus, make me more about Your presence than my performance in life.
Independent Read: Ephesians 3:14-21