I Am Not the Same!

Colossians 2:11-14 ESV In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

I grew up to the mantra that we are sinners saved by grace bought with a price by God. Continually I try to find peace with this notion that we are sinners saved by God’s grace. What is grace? How is it measure? How does God determine who receive it?

In this letter to the Church in Colossia, the author mentions that we are “circumcised with a circumcision without hands.” This circumcision is a removal of all impurities that may have formed because of our sinful being. Every time we give into sin, we induce more of its residue. The writer says here that we were “dead in your trespasses” which means that we became spiritually consumed with the things we had done wrong whether we were convicted in mind, dealing with the consequences of our issues which overwhelmed us, or felt like we could not rid ourselves of them. But the glory of this Word is that Jesus offers us the opportunity to be cleansed again. The debt is on auto-cancellation. All sins are forgiven. It has been nailed to the cross for its death. To activate what is already in query with God’s grace, we must submit to its divine will. Allow a resurrection of our spirit back to where God is. God has “made us alive in him.” There is therefore no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.

So, pray this prayer with me as we all move forward to new life in Christ Jesus:

God of grace, mercy and love,
We are not perfect.
We are not pure.
But we know that through you all things become new.
God help us to know you more
To be disciples of your Word, Will, and Faith
We ask that you purify our hearts of things that come short of your glory.
We ask that you release us to better serve you and your people
Let our hearts and minds be resurrected to your perfect majesty.
Be our tongues so we speak peace
Be our minds so we think Holy
Be our hearts so we love without ceasing
In Jesus, the example of what we could be, we pray,
Amen

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I’m kept!

I got one life to live
Gotta live it the best way I know
Using God as a compass
I will let the dreams flow
I believe I will be great
Although sometimes I’m left feeling worthless
Useless
Incomplete
But I look to the hills from which cometh my help
My help cometh from the God in me
If he lives in me, then why should I be afraid
For he will be a crutch to stand on
The rock in the weary land.
Shelter in the time of storm.
You know my God
He didn’t bring me this far to leave me
That’s why I press on for the mark
Of the calling of the anointed
I’m inspired and persuaded
That nothing
Nothing
Not evil
Not suffering
Not my own weakness
Separate me from his love
And his love is a wonder
That passes all understanding
That why I know he will keep me
Peace in my mind: I’m kept by his arms.

Living the Best “Me”

Lately, I have found myself incredibly stressed about how people perceive me. It is always:

“Do they think that I am wrong?”
“Do they think that I am crazy or desperate?”
“Do I look good to them?”

Many times, I saw myself defining my actions based on the opinions of others. As you can imagine, this can be sickening. With this, the public approval is vital to self-identity. In psychology, this is called self-monitoring.

For years, I have lauded the mantra of “savoir faire” (do what is appropriate). Yes, what is appropriate is based on perception. And, perceptions change based on the environment. People’s opinions change based on the population. And, those opinions might not always be positive.

I have decided that I need to work on living my best life. The key word in that phrase is “my”. I cannot live for no one else. And, my life might not always be right for everyone. I have to live for me and live the best me. In living, I have to learn how to assess my best. I know me better than anyone. Those who love me and know me can help.

Self-reflection is key- assessing what makes me best.

But living. And living entails taking risks and being vulnerable. Something which I have never been good at. But I’m young and ready for the multitude of blessings in store for me.

My life is my life.