Devotions from Henri Nouwen’s book, The Inner Voice of Love

Today’s devotion is about giving our agenda to the Lord.  We can get very concerned with making the right choices about our work, about how to respond to the many needs of others, and about issues that want our attention etc. But we cannot allow people and issues to possess us. As long as we think that we need them to be ourselves, we are not fully free. Much of their urgency may come from our own need to be accepted and affirmed. We need instead to go back to the source, God’s love for us!  In many ways we want to set our own agenda and choose many things, which all seem equally important. But we need to fully surrender ourselves to God’s guidance, and not fight with Him over who is in control. We need to say, “Thy will be one, not mine”   Let us give every part of our heart and time to God and let God tell us what to do, where to go, when and how to respond. God doesn’t want us to destroy ourselves. Exhaustion, burnout, and depression are not signs of doing His will. The more we give our agendas to God, the more “clock time” becomes “Gods’ time” and God’s time is always the fullness of time.