The best part for me of being out of my daily routine is the ability and freedom to have time to reflect. It is in these moments that I hear God speak to me and teach me what I have been maybe too busy to learn or even to busy to stop and listen to Him say. Here are some thing He is saying to me right now...
1. "Cynthia, it will never, ever all get done so accept the fact that a completed to do list is not your reality any longer." This is hard for me. I think I can actually complete EVERYTHING and I get frustrated when, of course, that never happens.
2. "Cynthia, someone is always going to be disappointed in you, not pleased with you, or feels that you have let them down. You cannot change that." With all my new responsibilities at LCC, I am feeling this now more than ever. I struggle a lot between doing what I know is the right thing for me, my family, and ministry and making people happy, especially people that mean a lot to me in my life.
3. "Cynthia, I am pleased with you not because of what you do, but because you are MY child. No worship service you plan, no event that you organize, no disappointed person, no task uncompleted, and no amount of ministry will ever INCREASE or DECREASE my love for you." This last statement is where I am right now. I am dwelling on that promise and allowing it to permeate my heart and mind all this week.
You are probably working today or maybe you are taking some time off. Wherever you are that you are reading this, I hope that number three will encourage you. Personalize the underline portion and meditate on this passage of Scripture. I love THE MESSAGE version of this...
31-39So, what do you
think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't
hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition
and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there
anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would
dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare
even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life
for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for
us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us
and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times,
not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not
backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They
kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting
ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because
Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or
dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or
unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because
of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
- Romans 8: 31-38 (THE MESSAGE)