"...But Paul says any confidence at all is over-confident. He has no confidence in himself to do anything. None in his background, training, talents, accomplishments, no confidence in the time he spends in prayer, the number of chapters of scripture he reads, the number of verses he memorizes. No confidence in the power of his eloquence to persuade people or his devotion to move them. Furthermore, he has no confidence in anyone else who trusts in these things. The only one in whom he has confidence is Jesus Christ." -Ray Stedman
I was sitting here thinking about the things in my life that I've been "accomplishing." There are many and those many are quite diverse. And as I think on those things I realize that they really hold no value except when I give their actualization to God. When I give their claim or their confidence, or their glory to God, I relieve myself of the burden of responsibility for them ever happening. It is either me that accomplished them and then they hold no real value to me, or it is God who accomplished them thru me, and then they hold infinite value. I still today try and find joy and happiness in the things of this world. I try to do things that will bring me momentary pleasure, but in reality end up being more detrimental than helpful. I seek in my mind for a future life that will hold my attention. When I stop and am still and seek only to know my Father and to know Jesus as He desires for me to know Him and He desires for me to be free in Him, I find myself filled with joy in this moment and I find myself doing things I never thought of that end up giving me overwhelming joy. My future happiness and fulfillment is not going to ever be found in my plans. They are going to found in time spent with my Father and Thru that, I will Be lead to a life planted in selfless humility as a servant to my fellow man. This life I live is not my own. I am not who I once was. I am made anew in Christ and I am deeply loved. I am filled with talents and blessings that are only visible when seen thru the eyes of Jesus. When I put on that coat of faith in Him, I am clothed in His glory and am guided in the way I should go.
Sorry if this was long and possibly confusing. I am a mess and I continue to need Jesus in my life. And that, that is where I am supposed to be: in need of Him who saves.
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