I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Well, I did it again... I fell off the wagon...
Not the one you're thinking, I think. This wagon might even be worse; it is the "comparison & doubt" one. The one that says really loud inside of you, "she's better than you." The one that leaves doubts about how good you really are...(not all that good, it says.) The one that makes you think that thing you are working on to get better, just isn't going to happen. Oh, it doesn't stay around forever, it just pops it's ugly head up when you least expect it. Anyone else have this problem? Or am I the only 40 something with this issue?
This week, I was reading a prayer that really spoke to me. In essence, all we need to do is rest in our assurance of who we are in Jesus. No one else. We aren't meant to compare ourselves to others. You would think I would have learned that earlier than now. But some habits certainly die hard.
The prayer I read this week:
Shake me, Father. Lead me to seek You before any other. Give me boldness and confidence beyond the natural. Rattle my doubts with belief. Tumble down my excuses as You ask me to step out in faith. Take my eyes off my own capabilities, and let me place my trust in Yours. Father, I often focus on who I am or what I have to offer, when all along You are all I need. Shake up my heart as I reach for You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
This verse reminds me that if I focus on my own capabilities, I will never be enough. I wasn't meant to be. And that slippery slope begins to breed doubt because I then begin to compare my own abilities to others. If we just look to God and remember that apart from Him we can do nothing, we will then be filled with His strength to carry on. That is my focus this week. To remain in him so that I can bear much fruit.
As the verse says, "...with God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26. When we have that relationship with him, and we focus on Him instead of what we can do, we never have to worry about what we lack.
God bless you this week as you remain in Him and He in you!