God Has Us Covered

“‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

It is January! A brand new year! A time of clean slates, second chances, and do-overs!

Each year as the over-indulgences of the season set in, many of us absolutely convince ourselves that, come January 1, things will be different: Really. Different. We will transform ourselves into fully balanced, present-in-our-family’s-lives, fit and healthy, Bible-reading, money-saving, Zen machines. And while striving for that elusive balance is healthy and good – when we put all our self-esteem and self-worth eggs in that hole-filled basket, we’re placing the world’s opinion of us, over God’s.

The world tells us: No pain no gain! Get to work early and stay late! Take every accelerated college-prep course you can! If you’re not on traveling or varsity, you’re done! Take charge of your destiny! Toot your own horn! You deserve more! Always look like you have it ALL together! And, whatever you do, never show your vulnerabilities!

The thing is, Jesus has never said that the perfect or the powerful or the shiny or the chiseled are the beloved, but it turns out that God’s beloved are plain old imperfect us. The poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers.

And that try as we may to achieve everything that we believe we should be doing, God already has us covered:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear … Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? Your heavenly father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:25

Be good to yourself, beloved children of God.