Tuesday, September 23, 2014

for when you feel like a failure


When the world feels like it’s turning sideways, I am learning to take solace in God's word.

We have been hit hard with parenting issues these days, the kinds that make your heart wrench. The kinds of issues that make you feel like you can’t parent right and you have no business trying. The issues that stump you and leave you wracking your brain and your heart for any kind of resource. They are the things that make you want to run away, never to return. 

I don’t have answers for anything. I don’t even have profound words for anything. What I know is this truth, found in Romans 8.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

For when you feel like failure, like you can’t measure up, like you are unfit to do anything in this life-there is a truth of greater worth than gold. There is a truth that cuts the heart of our issues, slays our insecurities, and gives us the deep breath of freedom. 

Parenting is tough. But so are so many other things; like marriage, careers, and managing life and everything else. And we have this enemy who wants to us to feel like we are inadequate, not enough, insufficient. In one small way, he is right. We don’t have what it takes, at least not on our own.

But with Christ? We have every resource we will ever need. We are not condemned. We are made free. We are made whole. He does graciously give us all things. He has chosen us. 

He chose me to be the parent my kids need, he chose you to be the spouse your partner needs, he chose you to be just right where you are. And he wants to use you there. 

Today, let’s not allow condemnation to drag us down. Today, let’s make a choice to embrace the truth found in Romans 8. Today let’s lean on the great interceder, who is always praying for us. He’s rooting for you. He’s rooting for me. Friends, we do have what it takes because God made it so. 

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