July 7, 2011

As I reflect on my life, I’m usually more discouraged than I am encouraged. If I think about my 55+ years on the planet, I’m aware that I don’t have a lot to show for my effort. My splash in the pond is minimal at best. I’m very aware of my deficiencies. Everything that is dear to me could have been done better (parenting, pastoring, husbanding, etc.).  And, I very much identify with Paul’s line written during the later years of his life when he said that he was the foremost sinner (1Ti 1:15). Now, I’m on the back end of my life. People my age die everyday. This to say, it might be just about time to turn in the test.

I’d guess I’m not alone in thinking this way. Our desire is to please our Lord and to help our families thrive. We might do our best but we sense in our soul of souls that our best just isn’t good enough. To compensate for our deficiencies we concoct strategies designed to either keep others from guessing the truth about us and/or to deaden our pain.

So, how do we respond to our failures and deficiencies?  First, we rely on Jesus for forgiveness. Where we failed, he succeeded. His success becomes our success. Second, we rely on Jesus to care for those we failed to care for. We cast our cares on him. Certainly, we struggle to serve and yet we realize that even as we plant and water, only God gives the increase. Third, we struggle to serve resting in his power. Col 1:29, “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” By God’s grace we endeavor to be faithful.


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