Morning Prayer of the One Who Already Feels Behind
The Atlantic did this article about this Religion of Enoughness regarding our time and our work:
“The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve from a means of material production to a means of identity production. …(Work) would morph into a kind of religion, promising identity, transcendence, and community.” --Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, February 24, 2019
Work has become a kind of religion promising identity, transcendence, and community. Isn’t that what church is supposed to be? Used to be?
We have this ridiculous identity shift going on based on our work and/or how we spend our time. We feel value when we keep ourselves “crazy busy.” (“Crazy busy” is actually a numbing behavior, by the way.)
We are all so tired.
Proverbs 23:4 points out, Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
We think we are being clever, making wise decisions. But this Religion of Enoughness is so hard on our souls, minds, and bodies. There are physical ramifications.
Something needs to change. For you.
Change is hard. Change is vulnerable. May you listen to your body and brave into change.
We have a starting point for you. Here is a written prayer to help you start out your day. Give yourself the 5 minutes at the beginning of your day to pray these words then proceed with your day. Don’t be surprised if you start catching yourself making different decisions. And eventually changing life patterns. And finding your soul, mind and body more rested.
Good morning, Jesus.
I feel the dread of the day already.
Already I am behind.
Already I feel unloved.
Already I feel like I’m not enough.
Help me get out of bed.
Then help me remember the truth.
I declare Psalm 138:8, The Lord will work out his plans for my life–for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
I am not abandoned. I am made with purpose. I am enough.
I can get out of bed.
I can remind myself of this truth over and over again.
I vow to repeat this truth to myself throughout the day.
I was rejected. That is my past but it is not part of my future.
I was hurt. That is my past but it is not part of my future.
I was left out. That is my past but it is not part of my future.
I was brokenhearted. That is my past but it is not part of my future.
I was abandoned. That is my past but it is not part of my future.
I choose to lead my brain with your truth.
I decide today to live from the abundant place that I am loved by You most.
From the who You see me to be I will live my life today fully.
Whose voice am I listening to?
Who is “them” that is making me feel so behind all the time?
I choose to change who I am listening to.
I choose to listen to the truth that You are.
Philippians 1:6 declares that I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Today is another day for God’s good work in me to have another day to be good work.
Peace has entered where dread once resided.
Thank you for helping me get out of bed.
My day begins with the truth that I am enough. And it will end with the same truth.
What happens in the middle will be the best of my ability mixed with Your supernatural extras that are mine as a part of my inheritance as Your child.
This means today is really an adventure. How will You show up?
I will be looking.
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