There are so many things in life we try to force! Those skinny jeans that you have washed and dried too many times, coffee without cream, manbuns, ponytails right after you get your hair cut short, trying to look a little too young. I mean, let’s face it.. some things should not be forced. I think about a lot of the stressors in my life and can recognize most of them are from situations that I have forced myself into.
We try and force other people to like us, love us, see our worth, approve of us, etc. Forcing things is exhausting work. We are striving for something and it requires a lot of effort. What if instead of forcing and striving we start trusting and thriving. Trust God with your relationships! Trust that God sees you and all that you do. If something doesn’t fit, quit trying to force it. Quit trying to force someone to see your worth, if they can not see it, that is their problem. Quit trying to make it yours. Stop trying to squeeze yourself into jeans that just don’t fit. Quit trying to force yourself into a position of leadership. If you can’t make the ponytail work, leave your hair down. Stop being jealous because someone won’t be your friend. Just stop.
(1 Peter 5:6-7) MSG “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”
Live CAREFREE!!! Quit striving and start thriving by trusting God’s timing. Be obedient and trust that wherever you are He has got you there; and wherever He wants you, He will take you there. The more you try to put on airs and impress others the more you are trying to do what only God can do. If you are in an uncomfortable situation that you have forced, you have the power to change it. Ask God to reveal to you what you should do now to quit forcing something that isn’t fitting!!