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I was watching a Joyce Meyer video teaching this morning during my morning devotional time – as is my custom the last couple of months. She is direct and motivating in her teaching style – and I appreciate that she speaks from a place of personal pain and victory – mistakes and repentance – experience and transparency. She is quick to say how far gone she would be without the grace of God – His love and mercy.
Today she was talking about being ‘good to yourself’, getting enough rest, not overdoing, finding balance. And appreciating those in her life that give her the freedom to be herself.
She told of how she has that kind of relationship with her own daughter, the two of them can have something planned – but if she has to cancel or just simply doesn’t feel right about it – or just doesn’t want to do it – there are no questions. Her daughter just says, “fine – no problem, whatever you want to do”.
What freedom to have people in your life where you don’t have to explain yourself – you can just do or not do. Sometimes we take this for granted – this is a HUGE thing. Acceptance, no questions – just freedom to be me. How rare a gift this is!
Life and people can bring expectations. Unspoken (and sometimes spoken) list of expectations as to behavior, protocol and proper procedure. Sometimes those that place those spoken and unspoken “rules” on us – are coming from their own place of insecurity, lack of information and fear of losing control. We tense up or “clam up” when around them. And whether real or imagined – it seems real to us.
I love that God does not place any “expectations” on us. He is not just some ‘big giant in the sky’ – or mean father above ready to pounce on us when we mess up. He waits for us, like a gentleman. He comes in love. He pursues us at our own pace – because He knows us.
There is no one that knows me like He does – and because He knows me, He also knows what motivates me. He is an expert on me. He wrote the “Master’s Class on Cindy”. Even the closest people in my life have messed up in this area – because of their own personal perspective and agenda – but GOD never does. He treats me the same – loves no matter what – and gives me freedom to be me.
I’m glad to have a heavenly father who is easy to be around – peaceful and easy. I do not fear that I cannot talk to Him about the things on my mind – my concerns and pain – my little funny quirks and thought patterns. He knows it all – understands and still allows me to be me.
Even if you are not lucky enough to have people in your life that allow you this freedom (I am lucky, I have several) I am hoping you will allow the love of God to invade your chaos, your feeling that “nobody gets me” – or “nobody really understands me” and release that to the one who made you. What you will find is one who knows you best and loves you most. He wants you to experience that freedom. That freedom that comes from being uniquely you.
I am praying for you