This morning, something amazing happened inside of me. As I listened to the sermon, I was reminded of an email that I recently sent to a close friend about the things that I need to release control of and hand over to God – and let’s just say, it’s a pretty long list. I need to follow Jesus unconditionally; and unconditionally means just that. I need to remove anything from my life that keeps me from being everything I should be, everything I was made to be.
God made me to be so much more than I am today. I am not defined by the things I have done or by the things I have; letting those things define me keeps me from following unconditionally. It doesn’t matter is all of my outward actions are good and nice, if my heart isn’t in the right place, then it doesn’t amount to anything. If every kind or polite act is to serve my own selfish interest and not in the name of Jesus, then I am wrong. I need to follow Jesus without throwing my desires in there.
Since I started going to Grace Bible Church I have come into contact with some of the nicest and most Godly people I’ve ever met in my life. I have met some amazing men and women who have come beside me to help me understand God’s Word and how to understand and follow His will for my life. These people, who God has placed in my life, have shown a whole other side of humanity – a side that I never knew existed. I didn’t realize, before, that there were still people in this world who could love and give and care for others for no reason in particular, but just because we are all children of God. I have seen my fair share of brokenness and hurt in the world but now that I’m also getting doses of love, peace, and joy along with it, I’m beginning to realize that the world is not such a bad place after all.
This morning, I saw God’s grace in the face of an amazing woman whose kindness touched my heart. It truly is an amazing thing when we realize that one person can completely impact another person’s life. It kind of hit me this morning, even though I already knew this; I was reminded how my actions, good or bad, can affect someone else’s life. I need to remember that one small act of kindness can show another person of God’s love and of God’s grace in a way that no one or nothing else can.
Thank You, God, for the grace You have given me and for the love You continue to show me every day.