Leviticus 13; Psalms 15, 16; Proverbs 27; 2 Thessalonians 1

As water reflects your face, so your mind shows what kind of person you are. Proverbs 27:19 (NCV)

That is why we always pray for you, asking our God to help you live the kind of life he called you to live. We pray that with his power God will help you do the good things you want and perform the works that come from your faith. We pray all this so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will have glory in you, and you will have glory in him. That glory comes from the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NCV)

One of the difficulties I have living as a missionary in a foreign land, a life allocated to God’s work, is the concern that I am not living up to expectations. Am I living the life that I was truly called to live? Am I doing the right things? Am I doing enough? Is God being glorified or am I seeking glory for myself? Are my own desires for the life I wish for in line with the plan that God has for my life?

Sometimes I wonder if I am really walking in His will because my will so often screams out to be heard. In the midst of the day to day struggles, my emotions, my frustrations too often take the center stage. My attitude reflects self, instead of Spirit. The smog of my own darkness seems to get in the way of His Light, His Glory, and in those moments, I am forced to question whether I am able to be an effective reflection of the love and compassion of Christ.

Sometimes I realize right away that the attitude I am projecting is not Christ within me; sometimes it takes much longer for me to repent. But I know that God’s grace and mercy for my human failings are still demonstrated every day. And I am grateful, because in spite of it all, I may be the only evidence of God’s love, the only manifestation of His presence that the people I meet acknowledge today. I may be the only Bible someone reads.

I praise the Lord because he advises me. Even at night, I feel his leading. I keep the Lord before me  always. Psalm 16:7-8a (NCV)

I am grateful that He chose me. I am grateful that He is the One who gives me the ability to walk through this gift of life. I am grateful that He equips me for everything He has called me to. He guides me, teaches me, and He directs my path. He has saved me and made me worthy to be His reflection.

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Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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3 responses to “Leviticus 13; Psalms 15, 16; Proverbs 27; 2 Thessalonians 1

  1. It isn’t easy to live a perfect life. : )
    What I realize when working with people is how God teaches me through them so many of His truths. When I am teachable, God pours out His love and even demonstrates His forgiveness and mercy through my failings. Most often He does that when I am feeling less than able to do His will.

  2. Kathy

    My husband and I are asking these same questions and struggling with some of the same things as we face making some big decisions about our future. We have looked to each other for answers which neither one of us has so we are spending plenty of time praying. The outcome, God is slowly showing us the way, bit by bit and step by step. Today and yesterday’s post seem to have a common theme I have needed to hear: it’s not about us getting it right, it’s all about Him. I can breathe much easier resting in this. Thanks to you guys pointing the way.

  3. @Janet: agreed! I learn so much often when I am feeling less than able.

    @Julie: your post gives me so much to think on. Grateful for your friendship.

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