I used to be a walking, talking Successories ad. Oh, how I loved that store! Others went to malls to shop, or to eat, or to people-watch; I went for the slogans.
Our offices and conference rooms were peppered with them–beautifully framed posters designed to inspire and motivate. Do you remember? Teamwork. Excellence. Integrity. Change. And my all-time favorite: Make It Happen.
If there was one slogan that described “the old me,” that was it. Make It Happen was emblazoned in bold, black font across the chest of my hot pink t-shirt, enabling me to carry that mantra beyond the confines of my work environment. Not that I or anyone around me needed reminders: I made it happen–whatever IT was–at all costs.
I’ve changed. Most days.
Matthew 11:28-29: “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Constantly striving to make things happen was exhausting. And my failures loomed larger than life, as I guess is the norm when a control freak loses control. It took me decades to realize that being Master of the Universe was never my intended role. I fought against the whole “submission” thing for ages, and still do with regularity.
But when I sink into the words of Jesus–when I allow myself to just let go of this crazy “get it done” obsession and fall into His arms rather than fighting against the rest He offers–ahhhhh.
Father, thank You for continuing to challenge and change me, for releasing me from that heavy burden of believing I was on my own–self-sufficient, and in control of my own (and everyone else’s!) destiny. Thank You for teaching me more and more about Jesus, and for moving me toward the desire to take on the very qualities I used to see as weaknesses: Humility and gentleness. You’ve given me rest for my soul by changing my heart.
I pray all this with gratitude in Jesus’ name. Amen.