Romans 12:3 (nasb) --- For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
That is a tough verse, but it also a verse that makes us stop and think. God's grace is a huge deal. Fact is, I have met many people who don't think they need God's grace. Some of them have come back to me later broken, hurting and knowing their need for the big grace of God.
When we put to much on our thinking or too much stock in our ways, we tend to loose our sight of God and living by faith. Is that true for you? It is for me.
I was standing outside of the new baby room at the hospital this morning as one of our leaders was giving birth to a beautiful new baby girl. I have lots of memories in places like that. But I have one memory that overshadows them all.
That is the memory that when I first became a father that thought that this is impossible, having a baby, without God. He is the given of everything. He begins and ends life. He holds and helps us. We need His grace.
I was challenged again today from a tiny voice inside of me to thank God, think of God and listen closely to what He says. Then, leave behind my own thoughts an ways and plans. Will you join me?
1 Peter 5:6 (nasb) --- Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
There is success in humility. Here is God who is willing to work and has huge plans for our lives. My choice: do it my way or God's way?
I cannot leave today's devotion without giving a 'shout out' to my oldest brother. Steve and Susi are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary today (they have 6 kids to show for this and lots of blessings). Steve has been and continues to be a great encouragement to me. He is an example of real and lived out humility...