I can only imagine the gasps of my daughter when she sees this title. She thinks I’m so old because I once said, “ooh, that’s a bad car!” Okay…I realize that no one really says that anymore, but whatever. I’ve witnessed so much in the mere 37 years…almost 38 years that I’ve been on the planet to know that growing old is a blessing…that stress…even so-called good stress is soooooo overrrated. I’ve decided to simply have no part in it anymore. It’s not that I’m naive to the problems that might arise in life, but I am more aware of how much control I have over those events. In most cases, I have no control. In some others, I understand that even then I have to be completely led by the Holy Spirit to do the right thing. Even then, I mess up.
I’ve messed up a lot all my life….yep, I’m not going to sit here and say, “lately” because an inventory of reality shouts that I should have a doctorate in mess ups by now. Regardless, the beauty of loving me as God does is that in all that….He still does….He knew it before I knew it so whether I keep my Christ-like position in mind in a moment of potential road rage, or I decide to flip the bird to that person who decides to cut me off, God still loves me. That helps me in this moment and I imagine the many that are to come because I’m able to embrace my mistakes and understand that with every breath I have an opportunity to choose another option the next time.
Have I got it all together right now…absolutely not…and here’s the deal…none of us will ever have it all together until Christ returns to take us home. Warning, this does not give you permission to do any old thing and take God’s grace for granted. What it is instead is permission to actually receive the grace Christ died to give you when you need it. And in turn give that same grace to others when you can give it. Humility is not becoming a door mat…it is becoming a stepping stone for someone else to come up because they witness your selflessness in willing bringing yourself lower. I was about to say I don’t know where that came from, but that would be lying wouldn’t it. Of course I know the Lord led me to put that…to read that…to know that about myself and also for anywho else reads this message that’s taken me exactly 5 minutes to conjure. No editing…just flowing in what God gives…that is all…be blessed and yeah…I’m kinda likeing and loving the new me!
Peace!! Oh yeah…people don’t say that anymore either do they? Whatever…I do!!!
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Thanks. I will.