Thursday, July 18, 2013

Unless the Lord, or my Attempt at Submission


I want to write this blog myself. In fact, sometimes I do. After a few days I get all cocky and impressed with me. When I get cocky and impressed, I also get lazy and less dependent on Him.

Then I get slapped. Sometimes emotionally, sometimes circumstantially, always figuratively.

Though there isn't a physical "SLAP" to burn my cheek, I end up jarred, dazed, and, mostly, annoyed with myself for letting it get there again.

Thankfully, God is made of as much love, grace, and mercy as He is power and truth.

"Unless the Lord builds a house, 
it's builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, 
the watchman stand guard in vain.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, 
toiling for food to eat-
for He grants sleep to those he loves."
-Psalm 127:1-2

In vain I run myself ragged in order to call myself accomplished. But to what end? 

I dream often about this blog being big, important, inspirational, fruitful. There's formulas to apply, conferences to attend, moves I can make to get more. More followers, more readers, more fans.

Or I could submit me, Mr. Thomas and Me, and my words to Him. And He will do with it as He wishes. I imagine this will look substantially different than my "big plans". But that end result will turn out to be awesomely greater than any plans I've tried to lay out and implement.

My prayer: 
Lord use this space. Bring those here who need YOUR words.
Remove my selfishness, my comparisons, my self-consciousness
and replace it with a need to speak of you and your greatness.
Create in me your heart, your voice, your glory.
Help me to be less of me and more of you.

A sermon I listened to this morning said this:
"Jesus' perfection makes up for all my imperfection."
Amen.

What are you doing in vain friends? How can you submit it to Him?

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