This morning I was reading a devotional Addicted to Busy by Brady Boyd.  He was commenting on fighting impression management.

As I thought about his writing, I was again reminded that though I do often fall into the trap of wanting to impress others, the even greater challenge I face is wanting to impress God.  Perhaps it is in the form of taking on more than I know I can or am called to do.  How ridiculous is that?  I can do nothing apart from God and if I am trying to impress Him by doing more that’s a huge failure (aka sin)!

On the other hand I am also prone to try to hide a decision I may make from God.  Maybe He won’t notice (He is busy after all!) that I said yes to something that had I asked Him about I am pretty certain He would have said no (and given me the power to act on that no).   Yes God is the Creator/Sustainer of all that exists in the world, but He also dwells within me through the Holy Spirit.  How on earth do I think I can hide from the One who knows me intimately and honestly better than I know myself!

Once again I find myself falling into His grace, with such gratitude that He knows, loves, and forgives!  Here’s to a new start of walking in the way He has called me to; no more and no less.

 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.  These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  I John 2:16 NLT