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32 Resolutions

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Resolutions... new year's and birthdays. I've never been very good at resolutions. i'd like to think it's because i have a bad memory but the truth is, most years have been just fine. This year, however, i find myself looking back with a sense of volatility. In a way, I am tempted to sulk in feelings of failure... relationships, family, career... but truthfully, each of these has been fulfilling. It is my character failings that have challenged the depth and resolve in each of these other areas of my life. Although tempted towards despondence, the easy path isn't always the right path (Harry Potter reference?).

This morning, i read this insightful devotional that truly has inspired me to discover what does the Grace of God mean in accepting what i am. Perhaps these words might also encourage you in this season.

By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain . . .
—1 Corinthians 15:10

"The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as, "Oh, I shouldn’t claim to be sanctified; I’m not a saint." But to say that before God means, "No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are opportunities I have not had and so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible." That may sound wonderfully humble to others, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.

There is only one relationship that really matters, and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life."

Nov. 30


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