God’s doing something beautiful at our house this week…
It started last month with a discussion about negativity. Someone postulated that we put too much guilt on ourselves, as individuals, as a family, and as a church, with our self-focused negative thoughts. Thoughts that were not from God. To try it out, we each quickly wrote down the negative thoughts we had about ourselves that day (just the ones we could remember in a few moments) I stopped at 25 – the one that said, ‘No matter how well I do at anything, I will never be truly happy with myself‘ – that was the mother-ship. Because the way I am (and I’m sure many of you out there are the same way) you can tell me I’m smart, pretty and accomplished till you’re blue in the face, but that doesn’t mean a thing. I have to feel it. I have to do it. I have to be perfect.
Silly Marli. I may know it’s not right, but it’s the way I feel most days, eh?
And then on Sunday, church ended with Galatians 3:3, “How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” Thank you Lord! I needed that.
But it didn’t stop there – God’s king of the one-two punch. Yesterday I was listening to a podcast by Jon Courson on 1 John 3. Just soak it in with me:
When you begin to read the Scriptures and when you begin to get a feel for what God knows, you begin to understand that God expects a lot less out of us than we expect of ourselves. I’m convinced that most of us expect more out of ourselves than God does. We put all these pressures on ourselves, all of these goals we make for ourselves, all of these expectations that are there that we write in our new years resolutions – and God says, “Hey, I know who you are. I know your frailty, your but dust, I have compassion on you. I know your tendencies. I know that in you, in your flesh dwells no good thing. I know that! And thats what’s so profound about 1 John – John makes it so simple – he narrows it down to this: Love. Love the Lord. Love each other. And your doing great.
Oh, the Lord is a good God.