Recently Lori posted on the importance of getting rest in the in Lord. I wanted to revist that concept and add a lesson I am leaarning.
Don't be afraid to enjoy yourself. I struggle with this because I subconsciously think if I enjoy something it won't last.
This doesn't apply to small things like a movie or an evening out with friends. This usually applies to the big things God is doing in my life.
James 1:17 tells me that every good and perfect gift is from above.
So why can't I enjoy the good and perfect gifts He has given me...like my husband. Let me explain.
I am a black woman who married a black man who loves the Lord, didn't have kids, had a good job, had vision, and lived a servant leader life. We don't have a crazy home life. Are we perfect? By no means.
But deep down I didn't want to enjoy the fact that we had no "baby mama drama", for example, because I didn't want offend those who had drama. I didn't want to come across stuck up or haughty. In fact, I have down played many good things in my life just because I didn't want to offend or make some else feel....bad. I have made such a habit of it that the Lord actually had to tell me to "enjoy yourself".
If every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord, then we can enjoy the gifts he has given us. Learning to enjoy yourself is pursuit in balance. I can easily take it the out of balance the other way and make life all about me and my enjoyment.
Enjoy yourself. If you have worked hard, play hard. Joyce Meye wrote a book called Eat the Cookie..Buy the Shoes: Giving yourself permission to lighten up! I bought it a long time ago and might need to pull it out again to relearn how to celebrate the blessings of God. If you stuggle in this area, check out the book!
It is so tempting to think that Christians should always be in some state of hardship, trial, struggle, or torment. But God thank you that give us abundant life. Life that is free from bondage...even the bondage of false humility. Help us see our blessings, acknowledge our blessings, and celebrate our blessings without guilt, fear, or pride.