If you’ve ever been on a bike you know that slowing down too much can cause you to fall. You have to keep moving in order to keep steady. I think life can be like this–we keep moving forward, or we start to fall…
When it comes to decisions, I freeze-up. I don’t like detours of mistakes, leading down roads of trouble and paths of apologies. Oh dreaded apologies! So instead, I desire clear instructions, like a detailed map, from God Himself. This, to me, is preferable to stumbling through my own choices.
But choice-making is part of the amazing freedom God has given me. Do I trust that He knows me well enough to have each turn I take covered?
Messing up keeps us humble! And a good helping of humility keeps us kind to one another. And that’s Christ-like.
My perfectionist tendencies clamor to take me down and I’ve wanted to quit many days. Days when I fail–I lost my temper with the kids again–I medicated on chocolate again–I let everyone down…I let You down, God! I fall apart easily and have often collapsed in a heap of self-destructive thoughts. Am I the only one experiencing this?
I realize it gets so bad because my personal mercy score is dangerously low. And my understanding of His Grace is almost non-existent, downright pitiful.
G R A C E….
God’s Grace–undeserved favor, blessing without condition, easiest understood through Love.
It Dad picks me up, dusts me off, and calls me to keep going, again and again. Don’t stop pedaling the bike, even if you’re not sure where you’re going.
I need God’s Grace like I need oxygen.
We may fall, but we get back up. We don’t know where we are going, but we are trusting He has it already covered. Pressed, but not crushed…struck down, but not destroyed. We are more than conquerors though Him who loves us (Romans 8:37).
So let’s show tHis love to one another, encouraging one another to the finish line.
Do you find it hard to “keep biking”? Have you experienced God picking you up with His Love, Grace, and Mercy lately?
“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Jesus Christ died in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)