Scripture reading for today: Psalm 119
We’ve had a month together, thinking and reading and praying about our powerless, unmanageable lives. Some days we’ve felt discouraged; I pray that there have also been days when a ray of hopeful light peaked through the clouds of despair. I know you’re under pressure. I suspect those charge cards are coming in from Christmas – rebuking us of our over-indulgences. Funny how that works – the same little voice in our head that said, “Go ahead! Get it! You deserve it!” is the same voice that condemns, “How could you have been so irresponsible, gluttonous, and foolish?”
All of us are under pressure of some kind. True foolishness is believing that while living on planet earth we will ever find perfect peace.
Let’s leave this month with a reminder of what we might expect, if we choose to continue to walk this path – using the Christ-centered twelve steps as a guide: you may not find perfect anything, but you will discover how to be grateful for good enough, you may not find fame and fortune, but you will find freedom and fulfillment, you may not experience relationship bliss, but you will develop the skill sets to be reasonably happy in all your relationships. Hey, we’re not in heaven – yet. But while we’re here, we can figure out WHY we are here, and join God in his grand epic adventure. That’s pretty cool.
We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
I double dog dare you. Take the plunge. Go to the next step….If God can raise Lazarus from the dead, he can revive your life too!