Twenty-Three and Free

Psalm 139:1-16

How perfectly timed that I read these verses on my birthday this week. They reminded me how my life isn’t about me.

It’s about God.

My life is meant to glorify Him, my creator, the One who gave me life. He’s been with me since before I was born, and every day I live knowing He’s with me, watching over me, following me every step. Do I always feel like He’s with me? No, because we all have those days where He feels distant, but I know He’s still there.

There’s nowhere I can go where He isn’t present.

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39

My life is in His capable hands, and adulting is hard enough, so it’s reassuring that He’s in control and not me. I’ve seen what happens when I try to take control and it never ends well, but that’s because we’re not meant to be at the wheel.

My life isn’t made to be wasting time comparing myself to others.

My identity is in Him, not in other people, not in success, or in the things I accumulate. 

The most significant thing I’ve learned from 23 years of life is that it’s useless to live comparing yourself to others. It distracts you from what God has purposed for you. It makes you miserable, stealing all your joy because you can’t be happy with what you have. I’ve battled with discontentment for years, but now I’m fighting back. I’m choosing today to live focused, to put away the things that distract from what God is trying to tell me to do.

Maybe you need to do the same thing. Perhaps you need to refocus and not keep looking at what everyone else is doing but start listening to what God wants YOU to do. Let’s fight back the discontentment and live focused. But maybe you’re also like me in the fact that you don’t know what your focus should be? Here are my tips:

  1. Spend time in prayer

  2. List the things you love to do 

  3. Spend time in prayer

  4. List things you can do

  5. Spend time in prayer

  6. List ways you can improve what you do

I purposefully added prayer between each of these because it’s the most critical part of this process. It’s like a tiered cake. I’ve started watching the new Netflix show Nailed It, and it’s hilarious. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a cooking competition to see how close you can nail extremely hard pastries and cake decorating. The contestants have an hour to finish projects that most likely took days; it’s amusing to see what they end up creating, or not creating.

I’ve started watching the new Netflix show Nailed It, and it’s hilarious. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a cooking competition to see how close you can nail extremely hard cake creations. The contestants have only a short time to finish projects that most likely took days; it’s entertaining to see what they end up creating, or not creating.

One of the challenges I watched required the contestants to create a layered cake. One of the contestants began putting the pieces of his cake from the oven together, but it kept falling, it wouldn’t stay together because he didn’t put the buttercream between each layer. The buttercream acts like glue and prevents the various layers from collapsing as this poor guys cake fell in pieces to the floor.  We’re like the falling cake when we don’t put prayer in between and around everything we do. It’s what helps keep us focused and tunes us into what God wants us to do.

One thought on “Twenty-Three and Free

  1. Girl, this is my favorite of all you’ve posted. I love you so much and I love watching what God is doing in and through you.

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