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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18

Heavenly Father, we begin today with a passion to live less of a driven life and more of a called life—a life marked by less fear and more freedom, less frenzy and more faith—a life lived at the pace of grace, not in the race get more, do more, be more, shine more.

It’s easy to see how driven-ness and busyness are rooted in pride, fear and greed. The pride of having a bigger seat at the table and more honor; the fear of not being included or being needed; the greed of confusing success with power and possessions. Indeed, the elixir of man’s approval in a culture of competition is as destructive as it is deceitful.

By the gospel, change the price tags in our lives, Father. Show us the difference between greed and need, and the difference between trusting in our status and resting in Jesus. Forgive us for the ways we implicitly encourage burnout and perpetuate a culture of flameout—at work and at home.

Forgive us for ignoring the command to be still and know that you are God. Forgive us for not being content with what we have, and for not actively seeking to keep ourselves free from the love of riches, recognition, and reputation.

Father, only your perfect love can liberate us from our performance-ism and perfectionism. Drive out our pride, fears, and greed by a greater grasp of your grace. Topple the idols of our hearts, by the truth of the gospel and the power of the Spirit. Help us to slow down long before we rust out. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ glorious and grace-full name.

 

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