You have a shameful secret buried deep inside you. So you walk through life believing God can’t really love you because of what you’ve done. But God knows every single secret about you and still loves you. Unconditionally. Passionately. Just as you are. Forever. And not only that, God can’t wait to free you from that shameful secret by forgiving you, helping you leave it behind, and turning that secret into a strength. Sound impossible? To humans, yes. To Jesus, not so much. After all, this is exactly the free gift he’s offering you.
Someone somewhere needs prayer. That person doesn’t need you to ponder whether prayer works, how to pray or what’s acceptable to pray for. That person just needs you to pray. And to do it right now. Sure, you may find yourself praying for someone you don’t know, feeling clueless about what to pray for and discovering you’re way outside your comfort zone. But all of your feelings about praying pale in comparison to one simple fact: someone somewhere desperately needs prayer right now – and you’re just the person to do it.
You believe that God loves you, promises to be with you and wants to help you. But sometimes it seems that God is nowhere to be found. And that’s hard. So much so, it’s not all that big of leap from wondering where God is to stopping to look for God, getting mad at God or even losing faith in God. That’s why you need to remember – especially in your toughest moments – that God’s here even when you don’t feel like God’s here. So don’t spend today wondering, “Where’s God?” Spend today proclaiming, “Thanks God!”
You can be so awed by others that you lose your voice, so turned inside-out by your emotions that you’re paralyzed or so swallowed up a world bigger than you that you feel like have no control whatsoever. But feeling like this is a delusion absolutely contrary to God’s reality. The fact of the matter is that God is filling you with more grace than you’ll ever need so that you can live with power, joy and compassion. Not just when things are good. But every day. And that includes right now.
Some days you’re on a mountain top, others you’re stuck in the valley. Some days are exciting, while too many are tedious. Some days crackle with God’s presence, while still others seem as if God is completely absent. That’s just the way life is. But it’s also why you need to remember the most important thing about today regardless of how you feel. God is with you all day long – and nothing can change that. Know what this means? Today is the most important day you’ll ever have.
There’s something absolutely essential that God wants you to know about you. God created you to be a do-somethinger! When you see someone experiencing a great deal of pain – do something. When you read about the overwhelming challenges a teenager faces while living in a crime-ridden neighborhood – do something. When you know that millions of children go to bed hungry each night – do something. Of course, you do something because it’s the right thing to do. But you also discover that there’s incredible joy in being part of God’s work in the world.