A recent conversation has caused me to think about the deals we often try to make with God. I think many of us assume that if we’re good enough, God will allow our lives to be transformed into something amazing. And although it’s true that by keeping a straight footing and aligning ourselves with what scripture tells us, we can often do better. Yet none of this will ever guarantee that we won’t face difficulties and hardships.
Despite what most people may think, we don’t actually get to make deals with God. Sure we normally bargain all day long with the people we’re around. It’s human nature to scratch someone’s back if they’ve scratched ours. But with God, none of that applies. We can never be good enough or cause him to do something for us just because we think we’ve done something for him. He simply does things for us because he loves us fully and completely.
There is nothing we can ever do to be good enough. In this life, we are all equally promised eternal life, just by merely believing in Jesus and recognizing his sacrifice on the cross for us. Anything we’ve ever done that was wrong or hurtful will not determine our destiny, the price has already been paid. All we have to do is believe.
I was having a conversation with my 15 yr. old daughter, about how everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. We came to the conclusion, that we must accept the simple fact, that we can’t possibly do everything.
My daughter had to add this…
Brianna – “Hey mom, even Jesus can’t do everything…”
Me – “What do you mean sweetie?”
Brianna – Well, he can’t sin!”
Me – “Oh, good point!” Lol…
If Jesus can raise Lazarus from the dead in real life, think about how much more an author can do with his or her own fictitious characters.
Come on J.K. Rowling… do Lily and Severus really need to stay dead? And how about Sirius; I believe a part of me died the day he departed. And what about, Albus, Alastor, Nymphadora, Fred, and so many others…
It’s quite alright if you leave Bellatrix and Voldemort to their demise, but we really need some of those others to come back. Our hearts are forever broken by such tragedy and we have been forever changed by the absence of these amazing characters. ~M
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“If you feel yourself failing, than you probably aren’t following. Be faithful and follow the One who created you.” ~M
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“You can’t see Jesus because He’s in your heart saving you.” ~By, Autumn Cook, age 6
It’s 7:30 a.m., the alarm has gone off or should I say… run in. Yes, it’s my little three year old Autumn running into my bedroom, early as ever to snuggle with Mommy before we start our day. She goes to the end of the bed, makes her way over the mess of covers, and climbs underneath to get warm. I keep trying to pretend that I’m asleep so that maybe I can get about five more minutes of rest before I have to get up. I can feel her squirming restlessly next to me and sighing heavily as if to say “Mommy get up already!” So I start to open my eyes and this cute little face with a little button nose is staring right at me and asks me this question, “Mommy? Jesus isn’t in here.” So I say, “What do you mean?” She proceeds to put her hand just above her belly and says once again… “Jesus isn’t in here!” I start to become intrigued wondering if she is asking what I think she is. Does she want to ask Jesus into her heart at the age of three? So I asked her, “What do you mean? Do you want to ask Jesus to come into your heart?” She nods and says quietly “Yes, I do.” So I proceed with telling her to repeat after me and we say the sinners’ prayer together. When we are through though, she opens her eyes, puts her hand near her belly again and says to me, “Mommy, Jesus is still not in here.” I start to say, “Well… of course He is! You just prayed and now He is with you forever!” She looks over at me, moves her hand about 4 inches up from where she had been resting it before and exclaims, “Oh Mommy! There He is!” I about died laughing, not knowing that the entire time she was thinking that the beating of her little heart was what tells her that Jesus is with her. It’s moments like this that Mothers cherish forever. I love you my little Auti and Jesus is with you now and forever.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. ~ 1 John 4:12-13