How to quit the rat race and flow effortlessly into your God-given purpose
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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11: 28-30
I am not a particularly a good dancer but once in while I can bust a move or two and for the most part I am rhythmically correct. Every now and then, I glance at an individual’s dancing and wonder if we are listening to the same tune, if so what are they so rhythmically challenged?
What are they so out of tune? Well, in the company of grace that was me.
Soul exhaustion is something I can quite put into words, in 2020, I was at the verge of a nervous breakdown when I took time out to reconnect with God. I had tried just about everything to get myself out of debt and trying to build what is considered a decent life but I kept failing, my depression worsened and I was so mad at God because I just could not understand how He would so easily let me suffer, go through such agony.
But what eventually came to mind was that I was trying too hard and I was acting so entitled to financial success like it had to happen… I was that great.
In my defence, I had put in the work, I mean I worked until I felt my head burning I did everything but learn; learn from God, learn from past experiences, learn my environment, learn myself. You see, I thought I had it all together but I was fooling myself into thinking that I could make it on my own. I was truly out of tune!
It had been so long since I had felt a semblance of joy, I wasn’t even praying because at the back of my mind I didn’t think that God was for me so I went through the motions, my prayers varied between these simple words “help” and “thank you”.
That was about it because every time, I tried to pray I would burst into uncontrollable sobbing, I just couldn’t believe someone could fail that much but more importantly I had stopped believing that God cared or that He was even good.
As mentioned above, something had to give; my accumulated exhaustion was turning into a mental breakdown and as I was about to lose my mind, I turned to God.
I had no other place to turn to, I had read, studied, worked, and hustled as I should but nothing was working. I want to come back to that word hustle, in this current culture of go-getters, we believe that to get what we want we have to hustle hard.
May I submit for your consideration Matthew 11: 28-30? In this passage Jesus invites us to rest in Him, to learn the UNFORCED rhythms of grace. What does unforced mean??
It means flowing effortlessly, it means seeking God wholeheartedly and let Him lead since He knows the way that you should take, it means seeking wisdom, knowledge and strength before taking on a project, it means doing what you are supposed to do and trusting Him with the rest. I was not supposed to hustle on my own and neither should you.
When we bring our creativity to the forefront we should acknowledge that it is a gift that we should cherish and be responsible for. It is not a weapon we use to fight others nor is it a medal that we should flaunt. So as we continue to do life, let’s receive his invitation and learn the unforced rhythms of grace, to flow in our calling and share our dreams and let Him carry our burdens. He knows how.
I hope that wherever you are on your journey, you know that God cares and that He wants to be involved in every area of your life from the minutest detail to the greatest; take time to reconnect and rediscover His grace and decide to trust Him and to lay your burdens at His feet as His gracious love lead you!
I want to live you with this powerful quote on flowing creatively and effortlessly in your purpose:
« When you see the creative process clearly, your ideas will get synchronized with energy of the same frequency, multiplying in like kind. This is the swarming process. Suddenly when we most need perfect concentration there is only confusion. At these times it is critical to remember that the swarming of living creatures is part of the process.
This idea is extremely important to hold on to when we are assaulted with a multitude of swarming ideas. At these times it is critical to be patient and let the swarming take place, to have faith that guidance is a continuum which progressively unfolds to those who believe, and that the chaos of swarming ideas can form itself into a cosmos of organized thought.
In your particular experience of chaos, take time to realize that the same intelligence that made you in the first place continues to guide and direct you. Your chaos is your opportunity to have your own dancing star. For every question there is an answer, for every weakness there is strength, for every lack there is abundance. Let the swarming take place. »
And here you have it friends! Please let me know in the comment section where you are at on your journey. Feel free to reach for a chat if you need help figuring out your next step, click here to get started!
Rooting for y’all always!
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