“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
When we recognize our worth as a child of God, we can stop chasing after…whatever we think makes us feel fulfilled. I know Kirstie Taylor, in her article, “5 Things You Stop Chasing Once You Realize Your Worth,” doesn’t use faith in God as a means of realizing your worth, but that doesn’t mean we cannot use her interesting thoughts and redirect them.
Taylor affirms that when you realize your worth you will stop obsessing on “Proving people wrong.” The focus is no longer on changing others, but on appreciating what God is doing in our own lives. Otherwise, we spend the rest of our lives “miserable” and “crafting a life that’s not even something [we] enjoy.” Taylor also affirms that happiness shouldn’t be our focus either. “That’s because happiness isn’t something you have to earn.” Taylor continues, “Happiness is a choice, one you’ve always been deserving of.”
This understanding helps transform our future. Taylor laments, “Everyone’s chasing this dream life: a big house, a fancy car, highly-respected job, and a hot spouse. You know the deal.” Anything less than this dream fulfilled, will only leave us wanting. As people of faith, we believe it will leave us wanting even if we get all we are chasing. Taylor affirms, “What I care about is what’s happening in my present.” I would rather say, God is already at work in this world and the present is where we focus because that is where God remains available to us.
Finally, Taylor asserts, that we can stop “The Hustle” because we no longer need to focus on “People who don’t love [us].” The only one we need to focus on is God and the people God calls us to love and care for in the present. All the other things we hustle to do are a distraction. What we are left to hustle for is our relationship with God. Pray today, for God to help you stop chasing your worth, and accept that you are already acceptable to God. Then, you will be more fully open to the present with our Triune God.