Sometimes I think we forget what defines us.
Most of us know were not defined by our clothes or our money. But are we defined by our dreams, our jobs, our accomplishments or the things we do to “honor the Lord?”
If I am honest I think I confuse the calling of the Lord for the Lord himself.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all our dreams, plans, opportunities and activities. Maybe you make straight A’s in school or excel in leadership, or maybe you plan to devote your life to the poor and needy.
Whatever it is, you’re GOING to fail. Encouraging, I know.
However, failure can be a wonderful thing. We can learn from our mistakes and move forward. But if we fail in something that defines us, it seems our entire world is falling apart.
Making A’s, being a leader or devoting your life to the needy are all good things, but they can also be detrimental if they become your utmost.
We can fall to the feet of Jesus and realize that we are nothing, that all of our hopes and dreams come from him and without him we have no hope.
There is nothing more beautiful than the realization of grace; the fact even when we make a mess of life, we are loved. When we feel inadequate, we are worthy. And when we feel forgotten, the one who gave us life desires to use our smallest passions and dreams for his everlasting glory.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38