Making God’s Agenda Mine

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My to-do list has a heart divided. What if its sole purpose was to follow God?

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As a writer, blogger, and highly competitive person, I care a lot, probably too much, about what people think about me. I don’t know that I sit and stew about it or say something other than what I mean, but I care all the same.

Honestly, I want people to like me. I want folks to buy my books. I want to have traffic and sales that are commensurate with all the time and energy I put into my profession.

This is a hard thing to wrestle with. And when things don’t go my way, it’s like someone pulled the rug out from under me. It feels like I’m spinning my wheels.

I imagine that if I didn’t have the distraction of self-employment, I would probably transfer this desire to succeed to other areas of my life, like trying to be the Best Homeschool Mom Ever, Best Housekeeper Ever, Best Wife Ever. In fact, I do when I’m not fixated on being the Best Whatever Ever.

Last week I was feeling down about how a certain project was going. I fired off an email about it and then opened the next email in the queue.

It was my Verse of the Day from my Bible app:

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galations 1:10 (emphasis mine)

That verse hit me like a ton of bricks. I went straight to my journal to write it down and have a serious chat with God.

What followed?

Father, show what it is to be your servant. If my only goal were to please YOU, what would I do each day? How would my “to do” list change? How would I be different?

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How would I be different if I tried only to please God?

I don’t believe that I would abandon everything and move to a third world country to care for the poor.

I don’t think I would quit blogging or writing.

I don’t think I would change all that many things on the face of my life.

Many of things on my to do list would be exactly the same. I think God wants me to care for my husband and children, to keep my home tidy and orderly, to prepare nourishing food in a  creative way, to teach my kids at home.

I don’t know that my day-to-day would be all that different.

But, I would be.

If my desire were to please God alone, I wouldn’t worry about 90% of the things that I worry about. I would be more peaceful. I wouldn’t be spinning my wheels.

I certainly wouldn’t be perfect, but I don’t think I’d care.




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  1. ahhh, thank you, Jessica. Such a good reminder you shared today. “How would I be different if I only tried to please God? I don’t know that my day-to-day would be all that different. But, I would be.” I read your statement and realized my left hand was in a tight fist, Could that be an outward expression of inward tension? Thank the Lord for encouraging and blessing my heart & mind thru your post tonight.

  2. I have been thinking a lot about the subject of worldly affirmation lately. Thanks for the reminder that it’s not just about caring LESS about what others think, but caring MORE about what God thinks!

  3. Thank you for the reminder, Jessica. When we can submit ourselves to this biblical truth, He gives and we receive “the peace that surpasses understanding!” Thank you, Lord!!

  4. I love this perspective. 🙂 I’ve wanted to be more purposeful in planning my days, and I’m going to use this. I also try to think of the words from a praise song, “I want to sign Your name at the end of the day, knowing that my life was true.” So often my actions deviate from this!

  5. Jessica – what a wonderful post! We often lose sight of what is really important in our day-to-day lives. God is THE most important thing in our lives because He created us and gave us that life to begin with. When you go through a devastating situation like I am currently in with cancer and chemotherapy, you realize what is really important and, believe me, it is NOT things! People are the most important things in our lives and caring for them and loving them is all that matters. As Jesus said, “….and the greatest of these is love.” I will be praying for strength for you. You offer all of us in blog-land so much inspiration through your words and recipes, you really do show us your love in ways you probably will never realize. Keep up the good work, strong girl. You are a role model to us all!