Lighten up! John 15:5

Humanly speaking, we are programmed to ‘give it all you’ve got”, and to ‘be the best you can be’.!!!

I believe there is great merit in these statements when appropriately applied.  I mean – at the right place, and at the right time, and with the right perspective.
As we look at them closely however, we see the main focus is on ‘you’. (us).  Give it all ‘You’ve got’.  Be the best ‘You’ can be.  That puts it all on us, and leaves the Lord out, and creates stress, and pressure that makes us take ourselves ‘way’ too seriously.
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in Me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5
When we realize no matter how great our fruit looks, and how much we are producing, and how hard we are trying,  we can only do that as the source supplies.  If we become detached from our source, thinking we can do this on our own, at some point we will begin to dry up.  Apart from from the Lord we can do nothing that is good for all.
Let us remember that we are a part of partnership with our Lord.  We are the visible, we are to bring forth those things that shall bless others, but He makes it all possible.
Let us lighten the load we put on ourselves, and let His presence flow.  May we let what we do be a natural flow of the Love of the Father through Christ Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  May we enjoy what the Lord has for us each day – knowing that it is flowing through Him and that He is Love.
Blessings and love to you, and yours, God’s Beloveds.  May you be in perfect health, and may you prosper in all good things.  You are greatly loved.
Poppa B.

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