There’s a lot of hype surrounding this time of year, isn’t there? If we’re honest, we know deep down that all our good intentions regarding new resolutions are fairly fleeting, and rather exhausting. So… let’s do just that: be honest. Let’s figure out how to be honest with ourselves, about ourselves. Let’s go into this New Year with an open mind as well as an open heart. Why? Because it’s worth it. That’s why I’m thrilled to be hosting our He Dances WIth Me book club every Saturday starting Jan. 11th, open to anyone who would like to participate. — To develop community together as we get honest with ourselves.
When we are honest about our shortcomings, yet gentle in our self-reprimanding, grace comes into play. Yes, grace. And grace fully realized is what our Creator and Redeemer intends for us to take hold of, because it is the foundation He laid for us. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
It’s all about getting to the crux of things, and sometimes it takes a bit of digging, a bit of sitting still, a bit of thinking instead of doing, or a bit of simply being. This quest to better ourselves that typically raises it’s ugly head this time of year often masks a deeper question of worth: Am I good enough? When we allow the One who made us to answer that with His resounding YES and let it slowly drift to and ultimately resonate in all those hidden places inside, we find the freedom to be honest with ourselves. Our worth in God’s eyes is a two-fold wonder. We could never in a million lifetimes ever be able to match His perfection thus escaping judgement on our own steam simply because He is just that: perfect, and there is no darkness or evil in Him. Yet because of His crazy idea of becoming one of us while retaining His deity, then dying and rising again to bridge that gap for us, He proves that we are worth it. We are enough reason for Him to go to the trouble, the pain, the separation, the humiliation, horror, and ultimate glory encapsulated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He did it because we are immensely valuable to Him.
You are immensely valuable to Him. You have been given grace. You are enough. There is so much more awaiting you as you allow yourself to embrace this marvelousness. You have a purpose that only you have, given by the Great One. You are important. You are wanted. You are enough.
Come hang out with me on 01/11/14 as we begin an 8-week quest to become honest with ourselves. I hope you’ll join me.
With much love and anticipation,
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