For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Phew…there you have it! Pay close attention to the second word of the verse; yup, it says ALL have sinned and will fall short. It really isn’t new information but there are days we act like we’re the only ones who fall into sin. The really excellent news is that the Father who loves us and takes great delight in us isn’t surprised by our shortcomings. Truth is, he sees it coming before it happens, tries to stop us and still loves us even after we ignore his promptings and do it anyway! That is ALL of us, so today is a great day to pick your sad self up and think things in a new way.
The world does a pretty good job of trying to beat us down and convince us that we don’t stack up. Social media feeds our insecurities and the news fuels our fears and worries. I guess the question becomes; who are you going to listen to and which voices are you going to hear? How about filling our ears with some truth about who God really is, and what he wants us to think…
*Ours is a Father who keeps his promises…Scripture is full of them! Who do you trust more; the Father who created you or the anchorman on the 6 o’clock news?
*We can’t surprise God. After creating all the people who have ever lived and watching all the stuff they’ve done since the beginning of time, I’m pretty sure he’s seen it all so why do we try to hide from his love and think he will turn away from us because of what we might have done.
*God knows more than you do. For crying out-loud, don’t you think the God who knows the numbers of hairs on your head will be able to take care of just about anything you need today?
*Nothing is too hard for God…invite him into your hard things.
*”Holiness consists simply in doing Gods will and being just what God wants us to be.” St. Therese
*”Remain humble, remain simple. The more you do so, the more good you will do.” St. John Vianney
*“Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” St. Thomas More
*”The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself.” St. Augustine
*”Unless there is Good Friday in your life, there can never be Easter Sunday.” Fulton J Sheen
God’s faithfulness is joyful, predictable, consistent and powerful. He will never trick us, toss our efforts out on a technicality or leave us on our own. In fact, he knows us better than we know ourselves so remember these words from St. Catherine, “God is closer to us than water is to a fish.” Maybe today is the perfect day to step away from our guilt, our fearfulness and our human weakness to think some new thoughts…His thoughts!
A Seed To Plant: Pick anything from the list above that touched your heart and put it on a post-it note so you can think those thoughts.
Blessings on your day!
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