Saturday, January 03, 2009

when our love comes up short

I have to wonder at times whether or not I'm living well according to "the Jesus Creed". At times I don't think I'm living as well with reference to that, as at other times. But it's a creed we do well to recite daily, and to prayerfully in Jesus seek to live out.

I'm not one who wants to analyze all I do. Yet I want to remain open to God's correction. God knows our limitations and weaknesses. Jesus grew tired of his disciples at least at one point, but he certainly never abandoned his love for them or for his Father. But Jesus lived within himself. What I mean here is that he lived as a human being, getting sleep, yet getting up early regularly to pray to his Father. I have to think that living as a human Jesus did that out of necessity- knowing he needed to, as well as out of a sense of longing and love. And he lived by the Spirit.

I know that God's work in Jesus prevails in our lives as we in faith carry on. Even when hitting those rough and difficult places which at times seem to come out of no where. Sometimes I must acknowledge that these are times when I really question my commitment of love. But God lets me in on where I need to learn more obedience, as well as where I need to grow, and where I fall short of God's goal for me in Jesus.

Thank God for his faithfulness in showing us where we may be falling short, as well as God's encouragement along the way in helping us see how we are growing. We need both, and God is faithful to give us both, as we follow on in Jesus together here and now in this world.

What would you like to add to this?

4 comments:

Ted M. Gossard said...

...and just God's Presence, so that I'm not taken up one way or another as to how I'm doing.

nAncY said...

What would you like to add to this?
i will agree, God is faithful.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen, Nancy. And that's not just something we in Jesus believe, but what we experience in a regular, ongoing way.

nAncY said...

yes, we sure do

praise God