“Lord, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer — from lips free of deceit. Let my vindication come from You, for You see what is right. You have tested my heart; You have examined me at night. You have tried me and found nothing evil; I have determined that my mouth will not sin. Concerning what people do: by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent. My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped.”
Psalms 17:1-5 HCSB
Father I don’t know if I will ever be this person, free of deceit, evil, sin, violence, and fault. For I’m guilty of all in some way, and daily it is a desire to achieve the life You want for and expect of me. I fall short and sometimes very far from passing Your tests, and meeting Your standards. But You know my heart, and You know that if You bless me with another day I will rise to try again. Thank You for this day Father. Let’s see how I do. Amen.
I type this message from a plane 30,000 feet above soil. As I reflect upon David’s words I’m stuck by a feeling that I can’t yet describe. So instead I’ve chosen to ask you a question.
How many of you can say honestly and without hesitation that you have lived and continue to live a life as declared and described by David in the above scripture?
If you declare to be like David, then you stand in your convictions as a person free from sin, violence, deceit, evil, and fault.
I won’t doubt you. I’m in awe of you. I salute you.
I of course, in my weakness, naturally wonder why you then subscribe to and read my Breaking Bread posts? Why tune in to a person who makes clear that she is flawed, a work in progress, daily being molded, and daily struggling with fear, pain, sadness, disappointment, and sometimes anger?
If it’s to be more like Jesus, turning to the weak and troubled, rather than hanging with the steadfast, I next wonder why I don’t hear from you ever, not in the comments section below my posts and not via email. As a flawless example, why aren’t you helping me and others to be more like you, and helping us through our journey?
If you’re not fully engaged with me and the Breaking Bread Family, and sharing words of wisdom that can help and heal, then what are you doing in and with all of your righteousness?
Please enlighten us and know that it comes without judgment from me. Because I truly would love and value your engagement on Breaking Bread. I would love to have moments of your time to ask and see how you live your life and how you steer clear of temptation and rebuke the enemy’s attempts to derail you. Please speak up and share. Please. We need you.
For the rest of you, the masses, if in all sincerity, you admit that just like me you are flawed and on a bumpy (and sometimes turbulent) journey towards wholeness, then I say to you, don’t give up, don’t stop believing, and don’t stop listening to and embracing God’s Word, Love, Joy, Peace, and Light.
If God didn’t know we could be what He wants, then He would’ve already cancelled our flight.
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