I’m a work in progress. But, thankfully, I don’t have to do it on my own. This is because the Holy Spirit is at work – sometimes gently nudging and sometimes giving me a quick kick on the backside – to get me where God wants me to be. So here’s what I’m learning yet again. It’s not so much what I do for myself. Rather, it’s what Jesus does for me. It’s not about what rights I have. Rather, what matters is loving God and my neighbor with everything I’ve got. It’s not me prevailing against others with whom I disagree. Rather, it’s trying to bring about reconciliation. And it’s especially not about how good a Christian I can become. Rather, it’s living by grace every moment of every day. Indeed, I’m a work in progress. Come, Holy Spirit, come.
Life rushes at you, at times overwhelming you. You rush through life, trying to get as much done as possible. And in the process, you sometimes don’t have the time or energy for your soul. While this is understandable, it’s also heartbreaking because soulful moments are the most important moments in life. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. God is longing to help you see, hear, feel and taste life’s soulful moments in every moment – especially when life rushes at you and you are busy rushing through life.
God has given you a brain and expects you to use it. Not just in your everyday life, at work, when you vote, with your finances or when it comes to your health. But God also expects you to use your brain when it comes to faith. To ask the hard questions. To see through faith claims that sound comforting, but actually are contrary to God’s Will. And to make credible claims about the Good News of Jesus Christ. But it’s important to remember that using your brain to determine what makes sense to you is not the ultimate end. Rather, God expects you to use your brain for a purpose – to be a more faithful disciple of your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
You are wonderfully made. Sure, you have your struggles and do things you wish you hadn’t done more than you like. And, no doubt, there are people who make a habit of beating you down. But that does not take away from the fact that you are wonderfully made by God. You are created in the image of God. You are unique among the billions of human beings ever born. You are passionately loved by God. You can do something that God needs doing. And you are on your way to becoming the person God dreams for you to be. So when life gets tough today – which it undoubtedly will – remind yourself, “I am wonderfully made.”