“I can do nothing on my own." (John 5:30)
Every day, I am grateful that I do not have to live my life apart from God. My Grandparents and Mother were influential in my spiritual upbringing. I was blessed to be raised a Presbyterian. My Presbyterian upbringing taught me that I am made whole and acceptable, not because of what I have done, or not done, but because of the grace of Almighty God. Some Christian denominations force people to live righteous lives, or they are considered unacceptable and cast out. When churches proclaim this theology of exclusion, they limit the Gospel, which is a sin.
Because of our ever-present sin, none of us will ever be capable of living a truly faithful life. We are incapable of being righteous apart from God. This may sound harsh, but this understanding is actually a blessing. We have so much more when we are in relationship with God. We have redemption, wisdom, peace, and eternal life.
When I get an idea in my head, I get excited. A million thoughts run through me. I start planning, considering options, and implementing steps toward the goal. Time and again, I run off half-cocked, without taking time for meditation and prayer. When I finally stop and pray, my attitude and direction almost always changes. God takes my shallow ideas and blesses them with depth and spiritual meaning.
Today, reaffirm your own faith in God. Offer your whole self to God. Allow God to turn your shallow thoughts and goals into something meaningful, with implications that benefit others. God uses us to strengthen the Kingdom. We must be ready, so when the Divine call comes, we are prepared to follow the call of Christ. As you answer your call, your life will feel at peace and fulfilled. You are worthy because of the loving grace of God.