For those who love what we do, but sometimes find themselves overwhelmed with responsibilities, or struggle with doubts, perhaps as this year comes to a close we can examine those anxieties which can affect our work.
Quite often, the source of our struggles have to deal with things that are outside of our control. Or, perhaps we are troubled if the results of our work or even our prayers are not just how we like it. This can become a constant burden.
Exercising our faith means trusting God’s promises. How does one deepen our faith?
While studying God’s Word, I am coming across the theme of “surrender.” The concentration of self — including our will, our dreams, our desires — can easily provide a distraction from taking full advantage of God’s means for strengthening our faith. The act of surrender — or an abandonment of self — means trusting His Word for power, wisdom, and strength.
Trust means placing our entire self into the palm of God’s hands and recognizing that everything we do, everything that happens around us, everything that occurs to those we most care about — is being carried out according to His good pleasure.
If we are truly interested in doing God’s work — in whatever capacity that it might be — than the responsibility belongs to God as well. Perhaps that’s the essence of trust. Are we able to turn over a responsibility that is so important, so vital to establishing our meaning, our purpose, our identity?
To surrender means that God is our identity — not our job, our children, our hobby, or our favorite team.
To abandon means trusting that God can manage our life much better than we can. Like a small child who trusts their parents without hesitation to lead and provide, we take His hand.
God could use good workers in 2014. It seems the best workers are those who are not anxious about what they do, but joyfully take each day with this primary thought:
If the work is God’s alone, then that must mean the responsibility is His as well. I have no cause to worry about the results.