The reason I titled this the way I did, is because I often have to remind myself that all that is good that I have done. . . . .well, it is not because of me. Yes, I do make the effort and I am so willing to do so. . . . . but it is ONLY because of God that I even have the ability! These things can be taken away at any given time! I watched a movie once. . . . a really old movie. . . . and this girl had such a wonderful life! She was beautiful, had a lot of friends, she was talented and life just seemed to go her way. . . . .then it happened. . . . the car accident! It left her beautiful face disfigured to the point that people were scared to be around her, and her life just fell apart. Men mocked her, played jokes on her, pretended to like her and then made fun of her for thinking they could ever like her. Needless to say, her identity was totally wrapped up in her looks and abilities. As the movie turned out. . . . she had many plastic surgeries, became beautiful again, and started killing the men who hurt her as she would lure them in with her new beauty. . . . . (maybe not the best example, but it gets the point across). All of this to say. . . . . our sufficiency completely comes from God! As many of you know, I am managing a Contemporary Christian Band and I get the pleasure of doing all kinds of things for these wonderful young men! I get to do their pictures, take care of the things they need during concerts and practice, talk to wonderful people when I book them and at the concerts. . . . many different things. . . . and I love just about every minute of it! Taking care of people is right up my alley! Now, I have found at times that it is easy to take credit for things, especially when people go on about things like the pictures I take. . . . . and then reality hits me. . . . it is really God who has done these thing! He gave me the ability to see things that some others do not see when they look through the lense of the camera. He even gives me the right moment to snap the picture and people the ease in front of the lense. I have very little I could even possibly take credit for! All it takes from me is my willingness to do whatever it is that God GIVES me the opportunity to do! Even that comes from Him! ! ! ! ! If I did not have God in my life, I might be willing. . . . . but with wrong motives because my motives should be to do ALL things to please HIM. . . . not man. . . . not myself. . . . .no one but Him! I will confess. . . . that is not easy and it is easy to slip into wrong motives. This is why it is IMPERATIVE to stay in Gods Word and to stay in prayer! We must pray that God will keep us humble and that we will serve with humility, with no puffed up feelings of pride in OURSELVES! Just remember. . . . 2Cr 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God;. . . . . . .this is a beautiful place to be. . . . really, just knowing that God is in control of everything takes off burdens that we were never meant to bear! When things go wrong. . . . and we have done all that God commands us to. . . . then we know that God has a plan and a purpose for the turnout we did not expect and will use it in our lives and in the lives of others! This does not mean we can be slack. . . . we must still do all we can as we listen to God and work hard for God. . . . He never meant for us to be lazy and lackadaisical and expect Him to just wait on us as if He were our cosmic waiter. . . . (I strongly caution against that!), but if we do our due process, we can rest in knowing it is all good because it is all God!
~Father God, I thank You for this revelation in my life! I ask You to forgive me for the times I took credit for Your work! Forgive me for not always listening to You and Your plans and tried to institute my own plans instead! Father God, I thank You for the abilities You have given me and the desire that You have given me to do them well for Your glory! I thank You for the opportunities that You have given me to use these gifts and talents! I realize that at any given moment all could be stripped away and that no matter what You are still in control! I thank You for loving me so much that You sent us a comforter through Your Spirit! I thank You that You have allowed me to meet and build relationships with so many wonderful people that love You and lift You up on high! I thank You for opportunities that appear to come from nowhere and bring glory to Your name! I thank You for my family and my friends who love me. . . . . even when I am unlovable! I thank You for Your Son, Your Spirit, and Your Word! I thank You in the precious name of Jesus. . . . Amen!~