Life at the sixth grade lunch table can be a hard place to be. To be labeled a Goody-two-shoes was a kiss of death to anyone who longed to be popular. There aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the year to accomplish all the good that needs doing. But we live in a world desperate for good, and that can be overwhelming at times. What is the balance of doing? Soul, what are you up to?
As those who have committed our hearts to Christ, we can still feel the conflict between our bent for self-reliance and our desire to walk free in the Spirit. Sometimes this conflict rages undetected, wearing at our souls and draining the energy right out of our hearts. Over time, we discover there is a world of difference between knowing with our minds and truly knowing in the depths of our beliefs and experience. Knowledge without going through the crucible of experience does not fully penetrate the depths of our soul knowledge.
Do you like you? This question pries open emotions I’d rather pretend aren’t there.The fears of our flesh are building a shaky identity on what we can accomplish. The longing to prove we are adequate, valuable,and loved lurks beneath the surface of all our trying.