Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Simplifying - Part 2

Another area in my life that needs "simplifying" is in my perfectionism. I don't have to "do-it-all." I am not perfect and I was never created to be perfect. There is only one that has ever and will ever achieve that goal. So I am constantly asking myself, "why do I keep trying so hard to be perfect?" It is an impossible task!

My perfectionism has lead me to fear, doubt, anxiety, insecurity and even physical pain. The Lord has been tugging at my heart for a very long time to slow down and focus more on what He has purposed for me. I know I need to listen and fully surrender, but control feels so right. And guess what? Can you believe that my way is not... sometimes... wrong, but ALWAYS a complete disaster!!!

Shouldn't this be easy? I have taken many steps towards simplifying my life. And they are good things (I'll be sharing those in a future post). The Lord doesn't want us to sit on our hands. We do have a part in this. But, am I allowing God to be the Pilot? Is he even involved?

Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23

The Lord wants me to have this kind of life. God stir up in me the courage to truly deny myself. I am not my own authority. Help me let go. Take control. I want this to be more than words but a soul changing event! Order my steps in Your Word.

"Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. It defines what you do and what you don't do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren't."--Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life

"Live life one surrendered day at a time. Eyes to the East. Hands to the cross. Feet to the path." --Beth Moore (speaking of Luke's message of denying self)

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. "
--Hoffman, Hans

I have been blessed! My passion is to learn to not make life so complicated but to simplify it and savor it.




Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

I look forward to seeing your house as a "disaster". I still don't believe it ever is.
I know that surrender is hard. Unfortunately, it is not a once time thing. Wouldn't it be nice if it was. On the contrary, if we don't surrender EVERY stinkin' day, we are taking back control.

Kelly said...

Nicely said! I join you in this struggle...and try to just surrender "part of it" most of the time. Oh the trouble that gets me into!