We miss out on the gift of knowing God in a real, experiential way…
When we always pretend to be okay, strong or together.
When we hide in busyness, entertainment or crowds.
When we can’t admit our need for help, from others or God.
When we work to make ourselves presentable on our own.
When we restlessly perfect what we deem weak.
When we garner self-worth from others’ opinions.
When we refuse to admit sin and repent in the light of gospel forgiveness.
When we don’t create margin to read the Bible or pray.
When we neglect spending time in spaces that remind us of our smallness.
When we live for ease or comfort or indulgence.
When we keep our Church family at arms’ length.
When we ignore our limits.
When we resist humility in the face of authority or conflict.
When we demand something or someone other than Christ give us real peace.
Be honest about what is true about me in the moment. God will never shy away. He knows all entirely and perfectly. A facade of spirituality is far more dangerous to me than something I’m wrestling with, if I bring it to Him. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G can be an opportunity to draw near to the Lord and hear His thoughts of love for me.
We wait [expectantly] for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For in Him our heart rejoices, Because we trust [lean on, rely on, and are confident] in His holy name. Let Your [steadfast] lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, In proportion as we have hoped in You. Psalm 33:20-22