Going Deeper ~ ~ Reflections ~ ~ What is True for Me?
As I mentioned earlier, since December I have been reflecting on my word for 2017, which happens to be TRUTH!
Please note: It is not my intention to be political here. I actually wrote this before the recent events of the day; but now the whole world is actually focusing on the word Truth.
In my personal reflective time I began asking: What is true for me?
Our character tells the truth about who we really are, ideally revealing
honesty, integrity, authenticity, faithfulness . . . being honorable, sincere,
We live in a time of deception when it is difficult to know truth from falsehood. . . where some think that if something is said over and over again people will believe it’s true. We even do this to ourselves. . .
pretending we are what we are not . . . covering over our lives with lies and deceit about our character . . . our deeds . . . our life’s purpose.
Like the apostle Paul, I catch myself doing this again and again.
“ I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. . . For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” (Romans 7: 15 & 20)
Or, we may be too hard on ourselves . . . only focusing on our mistakes, our weaknesses, our failures.
Dear friends, Let us be honest about our lives. What is true for me?
Each year I find it helpful to take an honest assessment of my life.
I make a list of all of my strengths and all of my weaknesses.
Then I give thanks and celebrate my strengths and look for ways I can build on these strengths.
But I am also aware of my short-comings and realize that it is my weaknesses that keep me seeking daily communion with a loving God through Jesus Christ. I ask for God’s help to turn these into strengths.
Dear friends, God will use us just as we are!
Of that we can be sure.
God’s grace is true!
~ Anna Lin