Most of us are driven…to be successful and the BEST. We want to “arrive” at success and wear ourselves out trying to get there. God recently reminded me that the work He’s called me to do is His. There is peace and joy in allowing Him to set the course and get me there in style… you too!
Being sick—taken out of the game of life’s commitments—is so tough. But sometimes that’s what it takes for God to show us that He’s working through us, in us and even in spite of us.
Recently I was so ill that I could barely get out of bed and, ironically for a radio host, had lost my voice. The most I could do was whisper. Helpless is an understatement.
But the Lord chose to use that experience to remind me of His supernatural ability and lavish love. He’s been telling me to “cease striving” and simply do my best work to honor Him, but without concern for the outcome or success. I’ve been obeying and that has given me tremendous freedom and peace.
When I was at my weakest I received an email inviting me to expand my Bold Living radio show from half hour to an hour. I was surprised and honored but simply praised God and asked Him to direct my answer.
The next day I got an email from a man I’d only met once telling me his company was very interested in sponsoring the show. After a croaky phone conversation, it was settled.
I was so stunned by all God was accomplishing in two days without me doing a thing… let alone “striving.”
My new hour-long show will begin March 2nd at 11:00 AM, still on KPXQ 1360 AM in Phoenix. The people there love God and are so talented they could make anyone sound like a pro.
My new sponsor is Fabness.com. This is a (Christian) family business that creates custom canvases from your photos. I found them when I ordered a Christmas present for my husband. The technician was so patient (because I’m very tech-challenged), but resulted in the piece of treasured art pictured above. (Poor photography skills are all mine!)
What I learned, once again, was that when we lay our paintbrush down and rest, God will pick it up and resume the strokes of His masterpiece on the canvas of our life. He doesn’t want us to strive and worry about mistakes or success. He simply wants us to love Him, listen to Him and wait to see what brilliant, unique piece of beauty He is going to splash onto our canvas.
If you are filled with worry or knocking yourself out for success, I hope you’ll stop; take a few deep breaths and remember that He is able and will do “immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine.” Do your best and don’t worry about the rest. There is an artist at work in your life with a vision for the finished design…and it is breath-taking!
If you’ve learned this lesson or are struggling with striving, share your wisdom or need for encouragement in a comment below and be sure to share this post to inspire others.