Strive is the word prompt for Day 2 of #write28days. We all are striving for something. Whether it be to lose weight, write a book, save a marriage, care for a sick family member, or for anything else, we all are putting forth effort.
But why do we strive so much? What are our motives? Are we trying to make a name for ourselves?
Do we want people to like us more? Do we want to like ourselves better?
That last one is a question I’ve had to deal with recently. For the past couple of years I have wanted to lose weight. I say the reason is because I want to be healthier, and that is partly true. But if I am honest, it is also because I want to look better. I think I would like myself better if I could only get off the extra weight.
Don’t Strive Alone
So I strive by exercising, watching what I eat, taking time to rest and pursue hobbies. But I’m still the same weight I have been for a couple of years, and I wonder what is wrong. Partly it’s because my striving is sporadic, but also because I’m trying to do it on my own.
One reason I have joined The Presence Project is to help me slow down and take time to be with God – not just in quiet time alone, but in everything I do. It means inviting Him into my daily routine, talking with Him as I cook, fold clothes, exercise, clean bathrooms, etc.
As I bring God into all my daily moments I hope to remind myself that He loves me just as I am. He doesn’t wait for me to lose weight and get my act together.
God doesn’t compare me with someone else, and neither should I.
Before I even thought of Him, He loved me. Nothing can separate me from the love of God.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers,nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What about you? What are you striving for? How do you remind yourself that God is with you always?
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