But I get up again. You’re NEVER gonna keep me down.
Yes – I just quoted Chumbawamba. You’re welcome for getting that little one hit wonder stuck in your head for days on end.
As I got to thinking about it, I wondered why, we as a culture, are so obsessed with getting OURSELVES back up again. We all know the world is going to knock us flat on our backs. (If the world hasn’t knocked you on your back yet, please tell me what you’re doing so I can adjust my course.) What I can’t figure out is why we, myself included, think we have to be the ones to pick ourselves back up again. And better yet, why do we spend so long trying to rely on our own strength to do so?
“The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.” Psalm 145:14 NLT
Sometimes life tries to knock you down…you lose your balance and nearly fall flat on your face. The thing is…we do not have to help ourselves back up. The Lord is there to help us, but we have to be open to letting Him do so!
Psalm 145:14 (NLT) says that the Lord will help the fallen and lift those bent beneath their loads. Man do I relate to this verse. I have felt myself being bent beneath the loads I am bearing. I know what it is like to pile on the to-do lists, the grocery lists, the errands list, the chores, the birthday parties, the incessant barrage of busyness. I know how my knees start to quiver and eventually bend at the pressure of all the tasks I’ve hoisted upon myself.
What I have found is, that when the pressure is off, it’s easier to find the balance. What is it that you rely on to take the pressure off of yourself? I often would find myself relying on social media as an escape from my reality or slamming a handful of Oreo’s or adding to my already pressure cooker style life of busyness by adding appointments to meet with friends and socialize. I would do anything and everything in an attempt to support this heavy load myself. When, in reality, all I had to do was ask Jesus to help me.
What could you embrace about yourself if you turned to Him and turned the pressure down?
I am a former perfectionist. To. My. Core. It was engrained in who I was for as long as I can remember. But when I let God show me that being a perfectionist was ruining me…I could laugh at the lack of balance I had and move forward in who He called me to be.