Learning to Enjoy God’s Will

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Today’s post is written for Five Minute Friday on the prompt, “Enjoy”.

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When I was a child, I often felt that to simply enjoy life was not the “holy” thing to do.  In my efforts to please God, I often thought if it wasn’t hard I must not really doing the right thing. I knew I needed to be willing to sacrifice in order to do His will.

Now there is a truth there. Being a Christian does mean I’ve made a choice to give my life to God, live by his standards and instructions, and follow his plan for my life. It may even be difficult (no actually, it will sometimes be difficult), and at times requires sacrifice.

But the longer I am alive, I am starting to understand that just because I enjoy something doesn’t mean I’m being selfish.

Could it actually be that the God who created me; the One who designed me and formed me in my mother’s womb, planning my days before I was even born, gave me desires that would align with his perfect plan for my life?

 

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
 You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.”

Psalm 139:13-16, NLT

This is a hard lesson for one with a natural bent towards seeing the “shoulds” much easier in life that the “want to’s”. I am even guilty of reflecting this thought to those around me whom I love.

But I am even now discovering that although there will always be hardships, God really does want me to enjoy my life.  He designed me with a purpose that fits me so well, as I learn to walk in it I will be more happy and satisfied because I’m living out the real “me”.

There will still be times of hardship, suffering, discipline and even sacrifice, but even then I will maintain that deep joy that comes from knowing I’m exactly where He wants me to be.

God, help me to enjoy the person you’ve made me to be, and to live out the purpose you have for me. Don’t let me waste the gifts, strengths and personality you’ve given me by trying to live someone else’s life.  Let me enjoy doing the good you’ve called me me to do.

Amen.

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Do you feel like doing God’s will is hard, or are you able to step out in your gifts and talents and enjoy doing the good purposes for which you were created?

4 replies
  1. Calvonia L Radford
    Calvonia L Radford says:

    Ann, I think you have spoken to our maturity in Christ. It is very hard to distinguish between the boundaries that God has set to protect us and the big back yard he has created for us to find joy, his unspeakable joy. I’m glad God keeps calling us to that freedom in him where we experience his real joy and thereby find ourselves. Blessings to you dear.

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  2. Liz
    Liz says:

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘shoulds’, I know! But I love the Tony Campolo story about his son who told him they needed to go on a rollercoaster one more time to make Jesus happy because his dad had taught him that Jesus feels what we feel and he wanted Jesus to share his enjoyment one more time! As a parent, it’s such a wonderful feeling when we see our kids doing something they’re good at and loving it – our heavenly Father must feel the same about us. (Visiting from FMF)

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