Day 108: Imperfect: Stop Measuring (April 18)

I think most of us, if we’re being honest, would say we have an ideal view of who we would like to be.  An idealistic version of our spouse, kids, and life.  What happens when it’s not reality? Or even realistic?

Because, honestly it is rarely going to be.

What if the view you hold of your ideal life becomes a stumbling block?

Sometimes, we need to stop measuring and just live the life we have.  Be in the moment.  Let go of perfectionism and breathe in the grace of God.

I keep seeing a ruler and a person standing next to it trying to be taller, but they could only stretch so far.  It’s like the times at the amusement park when a young child wants to ride the big roller coaster.  They have to be a certain height, but even on their tippy toes they still don’t make the mark.  Then a decision must be made, do they pout and feel disappointed and miserable the rest of their day or do they go find rides more suited to their age and size and begin to really be present and satisfied and have a blast?

This may seem like a simple comparison, but I feel it struck some of you dead center in your heart.  Did it sting a little?  Did you suddenly realize you had been so focused on the “have nots” that you aren’t enjoying all the “haves” in your life?

I am also convicted.

Our family is walking through a very difficult season right now.  I see what looks like many dead dreams laying around me, but there is also such a bounty of blessings occurring.  It would be completely ungrateful of me to focus on the deaths and not the resurrections!

God, You are in a season of resurrecting in my life! Thank YOU!! Thank You for stirring up old dreams long forgotten and for answering minute by minute prayers.  Thank You for the outburst of creativity in my soul.  Thank You for the music that hems me in every moment of every day.  There is so much to be grateful about. Forgive me for the times when I have been so busy feeling disappointed and haven’t been enjoying Your work in the present.  Lord, break all the rulers in my life….the ones I hold up next to a situation to see if it’s all I wanted it to be.  Help me to let go of expectation and only live in the expectancy of Your Presence.  Help me to be in the moment, and to leave a legacy of gratitude for my family to enjoy.  You are all I need.  You alone complete me.  You are always enough.

Our God is more than enough

Our God is constantly filling our cup

When we look around and see ruins and lack

Our God sees the process, the places in which He will move

Our God sees brokenness as an opportunity for Him to be Comforter and draw us nearer

Our God looks at us and sees our true hearts, full and complete in Him

Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.  Guard my life, for I am devoted to You.  You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You.  Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to You all day long.  Bring joy to Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  Psalm 86:1-4

Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory.  Whom have I in heaven but You?  And earth has nothing I desire besides You.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  Psalm 73:23-26

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