Today, I looked straight and brave into some broken places in my life, places bent and warped by the pressure of expectations, hard words, fears, and failures. I have counted the cost and uncovered the thin places made brittle with pretending. How well I know this soul need for God Himself. This caring One who makes everything, including me and my broken pieces, holy and whole.
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But large or small, the humility of service is the heart of a volunteer.This is the value and the truth that puts my Inner Wimp to rest, so I can enter boldly with the heart of one who serves the God Most High.
Do you ever have those days when you are just in a snit? Days when your best effort is nowhere near enough to close the gap of all that needs to be done? Days when “just one more thing” is enough to push you over the edge of reason? Days when you just don’t like what the Bible has to say about things like patience, rejoicing, and kindness?
Believe me, I have plenty of “don’t get it” moments. My good intentions can be misdirected or misinformed.
This is my need for grace—the grace of truth, the grace of forgiveness, the grace of setting me straight.
Have you ever looked at your self, added up your good points, subtracted out your not-so-pretty traits, and then started in on all the reasons why God shouldn’t bother with you? Many of us can be tempted to see our faults and mistakes as things that will always hold us back, tethering our feet to the past and tainting our future.