In our zeal, many of us put pressure on ourselves to measure up, pushing ourselves beyond our limits in an effort to "perform" for God. In so doing, we put ourselves in bondage to a performance-driven works mentality. Is that what God intends for His dearly-loved children?
Hardly. He does call us to do the works He planned in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) but He does not stand over us with a whip and chair. (Notice I said we "put pressure on ourselves to measure up.") When God wants us to accomplish something, His promptings are gentle and lead to a sense of order and peace.
Furthermore, be blessed as you consider the following passages.