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Last weekend, I had the joy of getting away on a Dash-Away weekend with 11 other sisters (most of whom I didn’t know) to focus on our relationship with and worship of the Lord. What a powerful weekend it was! Many received breakthroughs and whispers from God’s heart, and I was one of them.
As we were sent out to spend time with the Lord and seek His face, I had one issue on my mind: With balancing so many plates at once, what am I supposed to give up in order to please Him and honor Him with my time and energy? There was nothing I wanted to give up, I wanted to do it all! But was I taking on too much simply in an effort to perform and earn my salvation?
I made a list of all the things I have going on right now and then asked the Lord to show me what I should let go of, what didn’t please Him, even though it was a good thing. I asked Him to show me if anything I was doing was simply out of a drive to perform rather than His guidance. I was shocked by the answer.
I won’t go into all the details, but after directing my mind to a safe, loving memory of my daddy and me floating on inner tubes at Tybee Island, I received a precious, new impression of how my sweet Daddy’s love for me pales in comparison to my heavenly Daddy’s love.
I remembered how often I would “perform” for my daddy . . . and how he loved it when I did. It didn’t matter if I was singing or playing the piano or acting or being goofy or dashing across the goal line as a PowderPuff half back, my daddy would always delight in my performance and often wanted to share it with family and friends.
And the more he delighted in me, the more I wanted to perform. It wasn’t that I had to, but that I wanted to. I didn’t do it to earn his favor, I did it because of his favor. I delighted in seeing his delight.
As I reviewed those scenes from my memory, I clearly heard my heavenly Father say, “I delight over you when you serve out of my love.” What? He delights over me, even in all my busyness? Could He possibly be like my daddy and delight in my “performance” of these specific good things? I felt Him say yes.
What a weight was lifted off my shoulder. I didn’t have to give up anything! And although that doesn’t remove the stress and pressure that sometimes comes with ministry and good works, it did free me to know that–at least for now–I was working within His will for my life.
I was delighted to think of my heavenly Father sitting in the stands or the audience or on the den sofa, smiling at me, filled with delight at my “performance” for Him. And now I know He wants me to continue to share with others.
It’s a great place to be.
For we are Godâ€™s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Â I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,
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