Take a deep breath, sit back… take another deep breath… let it out slowly… How’s your heart? Are you aware of all the “doing”, all the “busy”? Who are you “doing” for? When your heart grows weary from trying to “do good” or to please others… step back for a time. Could it be time to refocus your perspective on why you are doing what you do?
The context for Galatians 1:10 was brought to my attention this week through my daughter. (I love looking at things from my kids young adult perspectives!) The context is as follows:
|6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.|
(I hope my thoughts and point translate clearly… if not, please do not hesitate to contact me and let’s dialogue!)
In the past, I have been a “doer” … initially, I would “do” for the sheer fun of doing something, whether it was designing a curriculum, creating and implementing a program that aided an organization or beginning a new hobby… as long as my heart was light and easy going, I knew my perspective was in line with what Jesus asked of me: to serve!
We all have frustrations during our everyday. It is our response to those external frustrations that impact how we “do” and how others are impacted. Often times, not in a good way. My past responses to frustrations had been to yell, get angry, blame the “frustration” or “frustrate-or”… , which, as most of you probably realized loooong before I did, that acting on our frustrations does not accomplish anything, quickly… if at all~!
I began pondering this when my daughter shared verse 10 of Galatians 1. Seeking approval can look different depending on circumstances. Peer pressure, for example, the “doing” can be harmful. You want to fit in, be liked, be accepted… in a way, be more loved. Standing your ground for what you believe and KNOW to be TRUE … to act on your servant-heart: making the choice to stand for righteousness… can be a very lonely place. Seeking approval just to make friends and be pressured to drink, try a “harmless, in some states legal, drug, to engage in a sexual relationship is always harmful to your heart. You always live with the disappointment in your self…. You really have to ask yourself , is giving in to peer-pressure really worth the risk of a joyful heart?? What will I GAIN for eternity sake by agreeing to be persuaded? It is this type of “doing” that can never be erased… although, we are never without hope, it can be REDEEMED!! I very much admire my daughter, who is now a young woman… she is a young woman with great strength of character for the things she chooses and does not choose!! I wish I had been as strong at her age, as she is now! I am thankful for the gift of HOPE and God’s REDEEMING LOVE.
A second way of viewing “Doing” is for the good or betterment of those around you. This perspective is not harmful,… IF the “doing” is with the heart attitude of serving Christ. The questions I now ask myself since my circumstances have changed are: Is what I’m doing in the best interest of my family? How will my “doing” make a difference for eternity? Am I just trying to be liked or approved of? Does it seem that I am being shamed or guilt-ed into the “doing” for someone’s selfish gain, or am I just being lazy and want to say “no”? Being honest with myself is essential…
There is so much more that could be said… many verses that could be shared… I would sure welcome your thoughts.
My heart for sharing this image and text is this: Fall for me has been a time of reflection. The beauty of the leaf colors, the cooler weather… the smell of the air… Thanksgiving just around the corner! Are you weary? Is your body, heart and mind exhausted for all your “doing”? Have you been “doing” in harmful ways? Is approval from those around you the most important thing for you? If so, I would very much encourage you to take that deep breath… several times if you have to… search for that perspective that will bring eternal purpose to your “doing” or “not doing”…. Allow your heart to repair relationships, refocus your perspective, be redeemed, renew HOPE… choosing to be Servant of Christ.