Journal Entry ~ 05/02/19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17

God has a purpose for each of us, and it includes that we would live as a representative of the kingdom - as a professed child of God, your every move and motive is being considered by others. Everything you say, everything you do, every reaction, every response, every decision, every everything. We are called to view every relationship and every situation through the lens of scripture; and we are to determine to help others look at life that way too. 

We all know we are not perfect, and we will undoubtedly mess that plan up on a daily basis....but we are also called to humble ourselves and own it when we don't get it right. That's where His grace enters our lives. Remember His grace has not only rescued us, but has included us in a much bigger and more beautiful purpose than we could have ever imagined on our own. 

One of the blessings of a cancer diagnosis is a complete shift in my perspective - He continues to make me new. My deepest desire is that everyone I know will know of His grace and mercy in my life.  Since my diagnosis, I've had more opportunities to have conversations with people about the sovereignty and grace of God, both believers and non-believers, than I’ve ever had.  He has given me an open door to tell His story in my life. 

Remember that God’s only purpose for you is to tell others of His great faithfulness so they would come to know Him. It’s difficult to see God’s hand in the good times - we might praise Him for the blessings, but we rarely go around singing His praises to other people when our lives are going well. The reality is we often take ownership when it’s all going the way we like - our hearts are so arrogant that way. When are children are obedient, we praise ourselves for our good parenting skills. When our jobs are providing, we credit ourselves for being a good worker. 

But when we are deep in a trial that we just don’t see a way out, and God comes in to rescue us, we want to tell everyone of His faithfulness. When we find that freedom that we know can only come from Him, we want to sing His praises from the rooftops. The problem is we don’t see Him until He moves that mountain in our lives. 

God allows trials in our lives to make us new, to transform our hearts and to reveal the part of our self-righteous, self focused hearts we need to let go. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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