Loved this chapter today. I was greatly distracted while reading it and tempted to skip the meditation/reflection part. I’m glad I didn’t because each verse had something to help focus my thoughts on Him. To summarize, I am so awestruck over the fact that He is the Creator of all things and yet He chose to bring me into existence. He didn’t have to. Yet He did. Lord, help me fulfill my purpose in being alive and created…and then “created again” once I received Christ. Thank You that You aren’t finished yet.
Pride is eliminated when we consider that ANYTHING we have or are able to do is ONLY because HE has gifted us and given us opportunities to use those gifts. It is important to understand that only God is “uncreated” because it reminds us that ONLY God has the power to create. Anything we do on this earth is just rearranging what He has already created. This keeps us humble. Lord, keep this in the forefront of my mind today.
The area I am most prone to take credit for is probably in my ministry with the middle school girls. When they show their love or express that they “can’t wait to have me as their leader”, I can be puffed up and think I am really something. I hate even writing that because it’s not something I would ever say out loud. But it’s there…always lurking and the pride can well up in an instant. Lord, any ability I have to connect with these girls is You working in me. Thank you that serving You in this way brings me joy but I know that my purpose is only to point them to You and encourage them as they grow in their relationship with You. Help me to ALWAYS point them to YOU and never to me. I am a mess….But I thank You that You can use this mess for Your Glory.
I am very reminded today that without God, I am nothing. Thank You that You can bring something out of nothing. That is the very essence of who You are. The Great I Am.
I can give thanks to God for what He has allowed me to do. And when people compliment me, I can turn that right around to thanksgiving to my Creator.