Day 26 of this year’s devotionals, and although I’m writing this in the fall of 2016, I’m pretty sure I am glad I didn’t make a big old long list of resolutions because if so, I’d have disappointed myself countless times. How about you? Did you have some good intentions for this new year that have already been set aside?
If so, here’s something to remember: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 CEB
If we are going to make meaningful, sustainable changes in our lives, we must learn to accept and deal with disappointment. This is part of life. Last year I preached a sermon that contained a quote from Barbara Brown Taylor’s beautiful book Gospel Medicine, here it is:
“The Christ is not the one who wins the power struggle; he is the one who loses it. The Christ is not the undefeated champion; he is the suffering servant, the broken one, who comes into his glory with his wounds still visible. Those hurt places are the proof that he is who he says he is, because the way you recognize the Christ – and his followers – is not by their muscles by their scars.” (p.23)
If you’ve been trying to muscle your way into a new life, if you make it I’m not sure it’ll be an abundant one. If you have tried to manipulate life into creating outcomes that you hoped for and dreamed about – I’m unclear as to whether these outcomes are living-giving or even sustainable.
Here’s what I know. Our scars are part of our experience, not a sign of weakness or failure. So. It is day 27. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s ONLY day 27. Maybe your intentions need to be adjusted. Maybe what you planned as your action that needed doing isn’t the real work set before you.
What adjustments do you need to make in order to continue on your quest for an abundant life?