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Corner of Church St and Market St Wollongong Sunday 8am, 9:45am +livestream, 11:30am Easy English, 5pm and 7pm
Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.”
Corrie Ten Boon (a Holocaust survivor) writes, ‘Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength’.
I have been challenged especially at the start of the year, as to whether I look at life through a mindset of grace or a mindset of scarcity. Do I tend to look a what is lacking today and perhaps tomorrow? Do worries fill my mind and sap my trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and his sufficiency?
A mind set on grace finds rest, beauty, receiving and giving, creativity; and it is always ‘enough’. A mind set on scarcity see anxiety, competition, fear, isolation, production and acquisition; and it is never ‘enough’.
Living with a mind set on what we are lacking can cause us to compare ourselves to others, feel ashamed or feel envious. It can even cause us to disengage from relationships in our family, church or community. It can cause us to try to prove our worthiness of Christ’s love and sacrifice… To prove to our self and others that we are truly saved. This is a life that is stressed, stretched and striving.
When we know ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing’, we experience ‘enough’ in all aspects of life as we live in rest and trust each day, rather than a slave to worry and fear.
This is not always easy to do as the distractions cram in to tell us it is not enough, that we need to worry and try to ‘fix’ the situation or person.
We can return to trust if we have reminders of Gods promises to us… Scriptures like, Isaiah 30:15 (ESV), “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength’.”
Reminders written in beautiful hymns like, “It is well, it is well with my soul” by Horatio Spafford or “Be Strong and Courageous” by Colin Buchanan. Such songs can bring our mind back to being set on grace. We each have those special verses and songs that reset us.
Through Jesus Christ’s completed act of saving us, and by living in daily trust of this fact, we demonstrate to a world that is constantly looking at what is lacking, that we are people given enough grace for each and every day.
As the Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 12:9, God says, “ ‘My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness’, therefore I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
My personal challenge this year is to live in this rest, with a mindset of “I trust you Jesus, for you are enough” – for my mind, my emotions, and on my lips to speak of each day.
In His Love,
Jennifer (9:30am member)