What if You Had Permission?

joyThe nagging, niggling feeling in the back of our minds taunting us that we had better grab what we can, when we can or we’ll lose out, eventually makes us bitter, did you know that? Truly. It’s that annoying sense of missing out that propels us into desperate acts of survival, reducing us to loud bellows of commandeering, or else insidious whining that we are not getting what we feel should be ours.

It’s a sad state, really. Ugly, in fact. But we do it because we believe that if we don’t go after what should be ours, then we’re plum out of luck for anything good in this life. We’ve got the track record to prove it! The problem is that it’s not true. It’s when we lose sight of the generous love of God that we wind up in this perpetual state of misery.

It goes like this: when something goes awry in our life, or when something needs to happen in order to improve our quality of life, the temptation we face, and typically succumb to, is to madly try to make something happen in our favor. And there’s the rub. You see, when we rest in the goodness of our Papa, we learn that we have His permission to pursue dreams and live a fulfilling life because we know and actively live by faith that He consistently provides for us all that we need, and so much more. It’s a win-win. Not a freak-out-grab-what-you-can-or-die-trying-fest.

Faith is a difficult thing to master, and not many of us get it “just right”. But we can plow through our doubts, bend our knees in humility, and admit that we do not know all there is to know, but HE does. And in admitting this much, we engage in active relationship with the Holy One who went to great lengths to create a way to be with us. So we can experience His deep, deep love for us that has the potential to knock our socks off and roll us sideways if we let Him in the door.

He won’t bust it down though. The door, I mean. He’s waiting to be invited. (That’s how much He digs you.) So I hope you take the opportunity to make some wondrous changes in your life by learning to rest in the fact that He’s Got This. He’s Got You. And you don’t have to try so hard. Work hard, yes. Try so hard, no. There’s a difference.

Rest in His lavish love, and be astounded by the permission He has granted.

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