They appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor…they compelled them to labor rigorously, and they made their lives bitter. Exodus 1:11,13,14
Heaping upon the Israelites
Day after day
Beating them down
Yelling, “Never enough!”
My persistent taskmasters
What I expect of myself
What others are demanding from me
Whispers of “Not enough!”
Never a break from those tyrants.
This poem describes how easily I get trapped in a cycle of performing, attempting to gain the approval of God or others. Too easily I forget what God declares in his Word. He chose me before the foundation of this world to be HOLY and BLAMELESS before Him (Ephesians 1:3). By one offering Christ has PERFECTED for all time those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14). His divine power has granted me everything pertaining to LIFE and GODLINESS through the true knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). And perhaps best of all, He is able to keep me from stumbling and make me stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great JOY (Jude 24). The taskmasters will crush me unless I choose to enter His rest, believing what God has spoken over the voices of “not enough.”
One thought on “Taskmasters”
Lynn, I think we all battle with the ‘shoulds’. But the fact that you’re naming your battle is the beginning–what’s that saying, “naming a thing is the first step to awareness then victory”?