The Builder

When I found myself in a new office, perched on the edge of the tan leather couch, not quite comfortable yet, I knew I’d reached another pivot. Or maybe the better description would be a place where, looking at all I’d built, was like looking at a place in the sand where once a castle stood.

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Now the castle is no longer, admired then washed away from an incoming tide, or maybe by the passing of time. I couldn’t be sure. But what I knew, the place where the castle laid is empty. And that’s how I was feeling.

Empty.

“What’s the point?” I asked

“Good question,” my coach replied. And with a tilt of his head, leaning back in his night-black office chair he asked, “What is the point?”

I’d built lots, you see. I’d done lot’s you see. Even done a lot of events to help the homeless, help people draw closer to God, help others to connect with friends, old and new. Wasn’t all this serving suppose to fill me, make me energized and whole, instead of burned out? Instead of empty?

If empty is the result of all this serving, what’s the point of doing?

Have you ever been there, my friend? Burned out and empty?

And wondered, what is the point? 

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Believe me I have, and it’s a struggle! But I’m learning that whenever we wrap ourselves in something, in the something other than the knowing that we already are complete because of who we really are, we will feel unsatisfied.

The Word says:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

Whenever searching for something, doing something, and looking for fulfillment outside of Christ, we will not feel satisfied and maybe even empty regardless of our endeavours.

The good news?

We are already complete in Christ.

For in him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts 17:28

…and in Christ you have been brought to fullness….Colossians 2:10

And God is always offering us to be filled by Him, be filled of His living water.

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Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10

Where is your identity? In what you build, or the One who builds all? 

Are you taking the journey today, my friend? Are you journeying on His words that you are complete, and His Beloved right now, no matter what you do or what you have done?

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Sandcastles will always wash away, beloved, but build them anyway! It’s ok. For your identity is not in what you build, but the One who built you. 

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(Interested in personal coaching to point you toward your identity in Christ, who God made you to be? You can find out more by clicking on my Personal Coaching Tab or visiting my website at Inspiring Hope In You)

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “The Builder

  1. Girl, I’ve been there too. It’s such a struggle. But you’re so right! We are complete in Christ! Praise God for that! Thanks for the reminder today.

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  2. Ah, yes. Finding the point of all the serving, and then being reminded that we’re made to glorify God. Christ is the point and everything we do or are is enough because Jesus wants us – has chosen us. We’re not perfect, but He is. I reminded my hubby this morning on the drive to work that no matter the lies the evil one whispers, we need to respond, “…but God loves me.” and let that be enough to cover everything!

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  3. Hi Lynn! Visiting today from CWBU and so glad I did! I’ve been where you have… Burned out from over-serving others and placing nearly all my identity in my job. Wonderful reminder that when we invest our identities in something or someone other than God, we always come up short in our souls.

    Also recognize you from the WOR FB pg! Blessings!

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  4. This speaks to my heart on SO many levels and in so many ways, Lynn. I struggle so much with productivity and serving instead of resting in knowing I am His and finding my full and complete worth in that truth! Thank you for this. I am going up for another read…I need to fold this DEEP into my heart!! 🙂

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    1. It is a struggle that I think we will always have while here. Yet can grow stronger in being who God made us to be everyday, until He calls us home! If I would live closer to you, I’d love to sit and chat and find out how you produce so much in your days too. I believe God’s calling me to go deeper in His identity and in that time too, give back to the world in time-wise ways! I could always use help in the time-wise ways department!

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