Day after day, I find myself striving to do it on my own. Whether it’s to accomplish all of the many to dos on my list or to be the best wife, housekeeper, daughter and friend, I find at the end of each day I am limited and fail often. Specifically, I cannot be the best fill in the blank or most productive person at work apart from a sustaining Savior who meets me right where I am. He calls me beloved daughter and whispers “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” How refreshing it is to step back and realize I do not have to do it on my own. Better yet, I cannot do it on my own. Since my identity is in Christ and not in my pitiful strivings, I am free to embrace my limits and find my satisfaction in who He is and who He says I am. Christ in ME (and you, my friend), the hope of glory.
Jenny and I are reading through Colossians with a group of girls at church alongside She Reads Truth. This book has been full of the sweetest reminders about gratitude and our right standing before God. My tendency to strive out of my own strength is rooted in my forgetfulness of who I am in light of my salvation.
Colossians 2:6-7 explains, “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
And in verse 3:15 Paul writes, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
What theme do you see here? Walk in the truth of who you are in Christ and be thankful. My prayer is that we will allow the peace of Christ to dwell in us deeply and free us from trying to do life on our own. We must take our gaze off of ourselves, and firmly fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus. In doing so, we can’t help but be overwhelmed with thanksgiving and gratitude. Than we are freed to live a life committed to excellence (Colossians 3:23-24), but with the knowledge and acceptance of the fact that we are limited. Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Today we are sharing a desktop background that we hope acts as a reminder of grace and allows you to fix your eyes on the hope of glory, Christ our Savior and King.
We plan on creating free desktop backgrounds for you every month! Tell us in the comments below what kinds of photos and patterns and quotes give you the heart eyes so we can create something you’ll love and use!