Stop, in the Name of Love

When you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the needs around you, stop right where you are. Seriously, stop. All of this doesn’t really depend on you. It just seems that way because you’ve taken the burden off Jesus’ shoulders and put it all on yourself.

You can work for God’s purposes, and yet still miss his presence. You can tell when that happens by your fixation on what’s painful, what’s missing, and what could go wrong. You’ll deplete your love and strength until you become resentful of your own life, and jealous of others’.

Take a step back. You might even need to do that physically. As you do, let the burden come off your shoulders. Move into his presence again by thanking him for who he is for you. Thank him for bearing the burdens you can’t. Thank him for all he’s done, and doing, in your life.

Let his love fill you again. That’s the secret. You don’t have to keep emptying yourself out; you get to live in a constant outpouring of his love, grace, goodness, peace, provision, joy, hope, and healing. What you give to others simply comes from the overflow of his presence, which you never have to be without.

Now go. I hope your road leads somewhere amazing today.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Seek him in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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