This short excerpt comes from Christine Caine's First Things First devotional.
I know a lot of us in ministry can relate to "working like the devil for the Lord" and how much of that busy work speaks to how we view our identity.
When I was in my late 20s, I was passionately serving God and so busy working in ministry that my weeks literally felt like one long day with a series of naps (and these were rare).
Yet when everything was quiet and it was just God and me, it felt like a gaping chasm was in my heart. So I kept working harder and harder, keeping longer and longer hours, hoping sooner or later that my heart would feel fulfilled.
Eventually, the stress and intensity of my schedule took their toll on my body, and I collapsed. Quite literally, in fact. I threw my back out, and my life came to a screeching halt. For the next three weeks (which felt like an eternity!), my days were spent lying on the couch, keeping very still to avoid the pain of movement.
As I lay there, I picked up my Bible and came across a verse in Psalms that I had probably read more than a hundred times, but that day these words came alive in a new way and arrested my heart: He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me (Psalm 18:19).
It was like God had a megaphone and was screaming to get my attention: “Christine, I delight in you. Not just people you minister to, not just in all that you accomplish in My name, but in you, My own precious daughter.”
Do you know that God delights in you, with all your faults and failings, just as you are? What you do for God will never be as important as who you are to Him – His precious child.