I am thankful that I am nothing. In this day and age, these are "fightin' words". Our society is so keen on telling people they are "something", in lifting up "self-esteem", in "empowering" ourselves. Who are we that we think we can be anything on our own? Did we create this world? Did we create ourselves? There was a time in my life when I certainly thought a lot of myself. Oh yes, the world must have revolved around me. I am thankful that my eyes have been opened and I now know that without Christ, I am nothing.
It doesn't matter what job we do, who we know, how much we make, how big a car we drive, how expensive a home we live in, what clothes we wear, where we vacation, how much we donate to charity, how much time we spend "doing good", it all boils down to nothing in the end.
The good news is, that because of the power of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and through His power to forgive sin, I am someone. Someone loved and someone special. Someone created with tender loving care. Someone with a purpose and meaning in her life. Someone who desires to please God, but still makes mistakes, and knows she will be forgiven. Someone who has been pulled from the pit by the hand of God, and who knows what it feels like to be there. Someone who can love others without wanting anything in return. Someone with hope.
Who but our great Lord has the power to save us from our sins? Who but our great Lord has the power to turn a life upside down and completely change a heart inside and out?
I am so thankful for the precious gift of salvation that God has graciously given to me, one who doesn't deserve a thing....
"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed He remembers that we are dust."
I shudder to think of where I would be, and what my life would be like today without Him.
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Have a blessed day!