I’m a rule-follower, the quintessential say-what-I-do, do-what-I-say girl. I thrive on order, tidy boundaries, and well-laid plans.
In the practicalities of day-to-day life, my Type-A personality and patterns suit me just fine. The problem with all my orderly rules is that we live in an unorderly world. “Things” don’t always go my way – our way.
Organization is one thing, but under the influence of pressure, the craving for order turns into a pension for control. And of this I am absolutely certain: we don’t own control.
God doesn’t want us to grip life with both hands, but instead surrender it into His.
“In His hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.”
Job 12:10 ESV
Christ gave His life and breath to purchase exclusive rights to ours. In exchange for our faith, our smallest seeds of belief, Jesus offers us rich freedom and fullness of joy. It hardly seems a fair exchange, does it? But it’s what makes our freedom such a sweet gift.
Freedom and joy go hand in hand.
Joy is a byproduct of a heart at peace with God’s plan. Even if our circumstances aren’t precisely peaceful, we can know the joy that Christ affords us through a life lived with open hands willing to receive His plans over our own.
Can I tell you a secret? This isn’t easy for me.
Can I tell you another secret? God’s plans for us are always good.
To learn the rest of my secrets and some steps on how you can embrace joy in freedom this summer and every day after, please follow me over to Kristin Hill Taylor’s fabulous Three Word Wednesday link-up. I’m delighted to be there, and I know you’ll enjoy it too.
Just click here and we’ll be on our way…