It’s Not About Me

Jesus. The Beginning and the End. The Alpha and Omega. Holiness, Perfection, Beauty, Love, Purity, Truth, Strength, Compassion, Righteousness – Jesus. Life is so much more about Jesus and so much less about my own self. Life is so much better when Jesus – when The Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, the Holy One, Perfect One, Beautiful One, Loving One, Pure One, True One, Strong One, Compassionate One, and Righteous One is at the center of my attention.

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Denying Self

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” –John 13:17

Doing is hard. It can be painful, time-consuming, not pleasurable, and wearying. I want to be free from whatever struggle it is that I am currently facing, but I don’t always want to work hard for it. I don’t want to sacrifice for it. I want to just continue on with my normal life, be free of the struggles that are hindering me from living it, and move on. Isn’t that what God wants for my life? He doesn’t want me to struggle daily with burdens, to have to persevere in doing hard things.

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What We Deserve

From time to time in my journey of faith I get confused. For one reason or another I begin to believe that God owes me something. Our faith is probably never weaker then when we believe that we deserve to have God do anything for us.

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Desiring Perfection

There have been many times when I’ve felt so upset at my failures and shortcomings. I become angry at myself whenever I fail, mess up, or sin. I become angry when I require help, and when I easily tire at persevering through trials and struggles. I want to be strong for God; I want to please God; I want to do everything right.

While I can acknowledge that it’s impossible for me to do everything right, I still find myself upset and discouraged whenever I mess up. At times like this I often rally and resolve to do better next time. I become consumed with my quest for perfection. That’s a good thing, right? Shouldn’t I be trying to perfect, sanctify, and renew myself daily? Doesn’t that please God?

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