Good morning my sisters-
I was woke up this morning by an ambitious puppy that wanted to play and oh, how I needed my coffee. I'm sure you can relate, whether it's waking everyone up for church or a hard night of sleep or just a million things you have to do from church to grocery shopping, sometimes we women just want to sleep.
In this case, I'm glad my little Bre' saw fit to wake me up. I ended up doing a daily devotional from Lifeway that was so tremendously touching it made me smile. In my estimation today, millions of people have just failed at something. They had every intention of winning their battle with drugs, pornography, image, food, job performance, relationships and unfortunately, they failed. I don't know about you but I have tried not to fail ever since I flunked a math test back in 7th grade. My mom was so mad at me that I thought, "I'll never do that again." That one thought has propelled me into someone that works harder than others, puts work over family, has me doing the books for my husband, working a job and trying to do everything in my own will. It has made me a performer for men. Ouch! That hurt.
I have become a series of serious and traumatic behaviors all adding up to perfectionism and a fear to fail and yet, I fail just like you. I don't need to go into all the waves I've conquered but they are many and I'm still being perfected today. So as I read this devotional, I was reminded that Peter and I have something in common, we fail. Now the father of the church, who denied Christ at His most pinnacle hour was prayed for. Jesus knew he would betray him but he wanted Peter to remember that he had already gone before him.
I, myself, get caught up in the chaos of today and work for man instead of God. I forget the big picture, often, and now realize this is exactly why I had to lose my job. I had to stop a pattern that was not in Christ's will. He knows I want to be His woman so He's perfecting me the hard way.
For those of you who have failed, I have these words for you, Jesus has prayed for you to keep the faith, to run the race long and hard and to be His woman. I don't know why we are so petrified of failing, every historical figure known to us, failed only to succeed. We should be remembering that not running around with fear in our hearts. I wish I could save us from the trials of life but it's not possible. The trials come for everyone and my hope is at the end my faith its stronger and so is yours.
The journey began with a purpose for God but the world gets in and tells you stupid things, like you must be perfect, look beautiful, be the best and never FAIL! Well those are the lies and when we believe them we lose hope in our future and in our Lord who has prayed for us.
I stand firm today and say, "Jesus knows you and wants to reveal your inner-insecurities. He wants you to know He's with you."
As we go out to listen to another sermon, let's take our trials and put them at the feet of Jesus. He knows them and He's praying that we gain faith, endurance, and His will though them. I don't have this beat yet but I'm willing to struggle with it, are you?
Read Luke 22 today and get to know what Jesus wanted us all to know--He's gone before us.