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Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 5:17:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
Striving to accomplish the task before me is a constant threat for my walking in peace and rest. Even when packing yesterday for a vacation I was pushing to get out of town as quick as possible rather than enjoying the process of working together with my wife to get ready.

Now on vacation I came across this quote that reminded me of God's love for me but also his desire to free me from striving and the resulting worry, anxiety and fear:

"God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be like Jesus…The love of people often increases with performance and decreases with mistakes. Not so with God's love, He loves you right where you are." (Just Like Jesus Devotional, Day 1, Max Lucado, 2002).

Max goes on to share that when his daughter was a toddler he took her to the park and bought her an ice cream treat only to find that she had been playing in the sandbox and had a mouth full of sand. He goes on to say:

"Did I love her with the dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less my daughter with the dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her."

Does God love me unconditionally when I give into striving and the resultant worry, anxiety and fear? Absolutely! But He does not stop there. He has a better offer. He wants me to be like Jesus and walk in peace and rest, not striving, but hearing His gentle voice and responding. He promises to wash the dirt from my mouth if I will cooperate with Him and allow him to.

"[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight." (Philippians 2:13, AMP)

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