In writing this post I run the risk of being a total heretic. In the world of faith, the advice I’m about to give could really come across the wrong way, and to be honest, at some point I’ll probably write a post exactly the opposite from this one.
As you can probably imagine, I’m writing this post to myself as much as anyone. This week my husband came home to me: a bit of an unintentional Halloween zombie. It was a day where too many “unproductive” days (and probably even more so, too many sleepless nights) were starting to catch up with me, and making me question if I was really doing any good in the world. And my good husband, who knows me too well, shared what may seem uninspiring to you, but was oh so needed for me. He simply said lower your bar.
Yes lower your bar. Lower your expectations, your to-do’s, your must-haves, your won’t-be-happy-until-I-finish-lists. Lower your expectations of yourself that are unrealistic and don’t allow you to feel how pleased God is with you right now, today, even with your half-finished projects, house, hair, and children.
I think so much of the time, most of us are already working hard enough and reaching high enough, and if we’re not careful, the very things we are striving for can get in the way of feeling like we are enough, doing enough, or loved enough.
We’re in the process of being molded by God, and if we’re on the path and doing the best we can, we can cheerfully leave it at that. This is the time where you do your part, and then be still.
So for those of you who, like me, are wasting time feeling inadequate while doing as much as you can, lower that bar. It’s all going to turn out. At some point the clouds will break and your capacity may even increase again, but for now, just do your part and trust that God will make up for what you simply cannot.
At least that’s what I’m banking on.