RightTook a 1/2 day of work today as a Retreat Day. I encourage everyone on our children's staff to step away from the fray once a month to get their bearings. God led me to these words from Romans 3...
“We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins…Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins…We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us…Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds. It is based on our faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.”
I know there have to be those of you out there that struggle like I do with beating yourself up over all you are not. I realized this morning that I'd been treating myself to a very steady pummeling for ways that I'm not loving enough, patient enough, kind enough... There is a healthy piece in my desire that makes me want to grow to be more like Jesus. But there's a lot in it too that makes me forget that I'm accepted. I am right with God.
It was just good today to take some time to rest in that knowledge. I can breathe. I am free.