Often I forget life is not about me.
I’m not the source of strength or truth in my life. I can’t produce one good thing in my own strength. My breath is a gift of grace from God. I can’t hold on to it or guarantee I will take another one.
As I take a deep breath…that act is grace.
Do I have hope? That is a gift.
Do I have a moment of peace? Also a gift.
Every second I spend with a loved one and look into their precious face is a gift. ALL good things come from our Creator Father. The ability to enjoy His gifts comes from Him. Life and death are gifts from Him. Life because it allows us to know Him. Death because it allows us to be with Him forever. I need reminders of who I am.
I’m a receiver of His good gifts.
A branch not the vine.
A creation not the Creator.
A pencil not the source of truth
A reflection not the light.
A servant not the master.
A voice not the message.
One part not the body.
Gifted not the gift.
A messenger not the message.
A channel not the source.
Forgiven not sinless.
In process not perfect.
En route not at my destination.
A singer not the song.
Forgiven, loved, trusting.
The Giver of every good gift.
He alone is worthy of praise, honor and glory.
All that I am, I owe to Him.
That this Great God would choose to love me and use me is overwhelming GRACE!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV)
“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (ESV)
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? 1 Corinthians 4:7 (ESV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 (ESV)
Originally published at Internet Cafe Devotions