Saturday, May 14, 2005

Grace: Unmerited Favor

I have struggled with unworthiness and depression due to bad decisions and even worse timing. I have been reading in Ephesians, and the other night, I even thought, "This doesn't apply to me. I'm not worthy and I am beyond grace." But God, in His gentle way, quieted my heart and reminded me that His grace is all I need. He loves me... and He even likes me.
We're human; we make mistakes, miscalculations, and errors in judgment. It doesn't make us any worse, or for that matter, better than anyone else. We just "are." But there is one thing I know that I can always hang onto: it's more important to know "whose" I am. God created me for a purpose.
Sometimes I think I have defined that purpose, but every day reveals something new. I have learned to be content with what I have, even though I never quit striving for more....more wisdom, more understanding, more creativity, more ideas, more whatever.... the secret of contentment though is to be thankful for what I DO have. That in itself is enough. I believe if I can be thankful for just one thing, I'll learn to be thankful for more as it comes my way.
"Becoming a better person" is a process, but to what end? When are we actually "better", and then what are we better than? Again...be content with who you are, whose you are, and what you are. You are God's creation, created for a purpose.
I think this guy needs a little encouragement, so if you've logged on today, to see what I've written, your purpose and mission is to see his blog and respond. Now, GO DO IT!

http://nosuchobligation.blogspot.com/

Today, I am thankful for the ability to connect with people in whose lives I can have an impact. My purpose is to leave a positive impact, not just an impression. My mission is to find just one person to do that with. And today, before I go to sleep, I will learn at least one thing, and I will teach someone at least one thing.

3 comments:

Roger said...

Hey Paully! Saw your post on Alan's site and checked you out...Just want to let you know that you are on the right track. It is about relationship, trust, resting...all kingdom stuff!

If you haven't checked out Wayne Jacobsens stuff yet, I think you would really connect. He has been really helpful on our journey..

Especially check out his free online book "He Loves Me"!

http://www.lifestream.org/pdf/HeLovesMe.pdf

Pauly said...

Thanks, Roger. I wonder sometimes if I am impacting anyone. So few respond. I just need to know sometimes, good or bad... am I making any sense???
I appreciate the comment.

Roger said...

Sometimes I write for me...for my sanity...sometimes to get clarification in my own mind...sometimes to just to find out if I'm alone or not...they all have a place.

Know that you are not alone!