“Everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of changing himself.”
The line rings true along the biblical lines of personal growth in the aspects of faith as we walk alongside Jesus Christ during our earthly journey. Most religious articles give insight on how to get others to make changes, when often the writer/speaker could use quite a bit of the improvement posited. I have been blessed in many ways along the lines of growth in that I know the Bible is a mirror that shows me to me. If I happen to miss a few facial “warts” the dear wife of my youth graciously points them out to me. Her Sainted Mother pointed out most of my “warts” prior to Joyce marrying me, and now, fifty some years later, I often hear, “Mom warned me about this trait in you.” Between God’s Word and my mother in law I never had a chance.
Though my faults, shortcomings and outright sins are pointed out, I still deeply love and enjoy both God’s Word and the nit picking of my dear wife. Such helps me to grow in the grace of God. This, in the long run, strengthens me to be not only courageous in life, but also a wee bit more like Jesus, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Rather than viewing my life as a form of Chinese Water Torture I see it as Jesus leading me to a more wholesome life. The pain from verses and voices has driven me to my knees and each of the many Bibles I possess shows much wearing down at this verse:
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
I attest that the verse really works. For me. Probably for you too.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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