The burden of family is a gift. It is a tremendously heavy responsibility with very little margin for error… and that should terrify you. Of all the things I could really mess up, this is the one area where I must excel for the sake of my family.
I don’t excel in the things of Christ because I have yet to decide to excel in the pursuit of His righteousness. I have it within me to be blameless, to be righteous but I have chosen not to be. If I slander, if I gossip, when I hate, when I steal or cheat, I have willfully chosen NOT to be righteous. And once I’ve made these decisions, it becomes impossible to lead my family or anyone for that matter.
Here is what I’ve come to understand: as depressing as it is to be continually failing to stay on the path of righteousness, it is my desire and willingness to keep trying. By pursuing God’s righteousness His Holy Spirit keeps me on that path. And when I stumble or fall, He is the One who puts me right back on it. I discern that I cannot walk it alone. I am humiliated in my failure. But I am no longer content to give up the fight and keep trying to stay on that path. By acknowledging that my ways are not God’s ways; that His ways are the only ones which matter, which ARE right, He upholds me and continues to return to me… Surrounding me with His presence, His compassion, His patience and mercy. Apart from Him, I will fail. With Him, I am sure to excel. And in Him, well… in Him, nothing else matters. This is the most excellent path to be on!
Peace to you, today. Sean Gutteridge
Today’s Scripture: Hosea 14:9
9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.