Today I'm joining the Five Minute Friday linkup again, where we write for five minutes on a given prompt.
This week's word is SHOULD.
- "I should have been a better mom; I made so many mistakes."
- "I should have been kinder to that person, but now it's too late."
"I should lose weight; nothing fits me and I look awful."
"I should be doing some volunteer work. My neighbour volunteers 30 hours a week."
"I should say yes to that request, although I know I won't have the time to do it well, because So-and-So will be angry with me if I don't."
"I should set achievable goals for all areas of my life for this next year so that I'll be able to get rid of this nagging feeling of unworthiness ..."
Talk about pressure. We impose so many should's on ourselves, many of them based on comparison, shame, guilt, regret, and stress.
But God doesn't bombard us with should messages that trap and discourage us. Instead, He calls us. He invites us.
"He has shown you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30
Not a should in sight.