I was ready for this week to be over, almost from the start of it. Like many others, I'm sure I wasn't alone in this sentiment. Wherever you were, Friday was a gorgeous sunrise. Then, it felt like it started going downhill and well... let's just say my frustration could have been prevented. By none other than myself.
My feeling of a manic Monday having merged with a Friday the 13th... okay, that might be a slight over-exaggeration. Yet, thanks to the encouragement and support of a few close friends and the nagging reminder that I simply had to make the best of my stupidity while attempting not to worry and the day eventually came to an end. A long time later, albeit, but indeed, today is a new day.
I love that God uses ALL things for His glory.
I am amazed that He would desire to use my stupidity.
I am humbled that He would desire to use me at all, quite honestly.
I wish the frequency of my mistakes didn't seem quite so close together.
With God, all things are possible.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Yet, part of me wonders... how would I live with myself, without faith?
My life isn't that hard, certainly not as hard I seemingly make it out to be at times. Yet I am aware of what I struggle with, both in life matters and in my faith and I don't know how I would live with myself without the perspective and understanding that there is a God who loves me for who I am; takes me as I am and calls me to be more through the power of Christ at work within me.
Knowing this... why would I choose my rights, over His righteousness?
The truth of the matter is this... a "know-it-all" attitude creates difficulty for those around it.
For the Bible is replete with the lives of those God used... the somebodies who thought they were a "nobody". Conversely, even God has a hard time working with somebody who thinks they are a "know-it-all".
Our lives are nothing in and of themselves. However, as our lives are submitted to God and the work of Jesus Christ, it creates the opportunity for His story to be told through us.
Our story becomes a "plot twist" moment for His Story. There is no hope in my experience unless after all is said and done, there is a "but God" moment, whereby His grace and glory points the hearer to Christ.
"This is possible for your life, as much as it is possible for mine. And who am I, but a flawed and broken man?"
On this #communitySaturday, may we find ourselves with opportunities to share the life of Christ by what He has worked in our own lives. Despite our faults and failures, even our incredibly stupid moments; may hope combat the spirit of depression. For we are his workmanship. Pray a spirit of humility about the lives of believers, for we are neither right nor great in our own standing, but stand as rags in light of His righteousness and greatness only describes our need for a Savior. Pray for a spirit of compassion, as we hear the stories and struggles of those whose lives and weeks have been far frustrating than our own; but never forget to offer the hope of Christ... that He may work the miraculous in their life as we have experienced for ourselves.
His life told through ours.
Our failures and imperfections in His hands
Become opportunities for His forgiveness and grace.
Clay in the potters hands.
That all might hear of the goodness of God.
For the cause of Jesus Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.