My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to understanding our own worth, it is just as important to be able to accurately and honestly know the basis of that worth? it is just as important to be able to accurately and honestly know the basis of that worth?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Clearing and cutting brush it seems is one of those never ending jobs here at Beech Springs. On the one hand it is tedious and time consuming. On the other, it gives a real sense of satisfaction when the job is done. I do most of my clearing in the late summer and early autumn. By winter snows, you can commonly see several very large piles of brush dotting our little wooded valley. One thing about brush, though, is that once its piled its begging to be burned and things are just too dry in the summer and autumn to do that safely. Waiting for the winter snows is the safest way of eliminating brush piles. But, by that time, the piles are caked with snow and burning then becomes problematic. That’s where a thorough knowledge of the nature and properties of accelerants come in handy. Put enough fuel on a pile of brush and it will burn. Stand too close to the pile and you may go up as well. The thing about accelerants is that it's the fumes that ignite and not the liquid. Since fumes creep over the ground, having the good sense to stand clear of the pile when lighting the match makes all the difference.
The key to honest and accurate evaluation of the fuel is to know its properties. When it comes to understanding our own worth, it is just as important to be able to accurately and honestly know the basis of that worth. By what standards ought we to be judging ourselves and where are those standards established?
Here's a story: John Quincy Adams held more important offices than anyone else in the history of the U.S. He served with distinction as president, senator, congressman, minister to major European powers, and participated in various capacities in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and events leading to the Civil War. Yet, at age 70, with much of that behind him, he wrote, “My whole life has been a succession of disappointments. I can scarcely recollect a single instance of success in anything that I ever undertook.” (Charles Sell, Unfinished Business, Multnomah, 1989, p. 233.)
A sober understanding of who we are is the basis for establishing a healthy self-esteem. Being too harsh accomplishes little. Being too easy is no better. There is a balance that God wants each of us to establish and that balance is predicated on knowledge. Having a thorough knowledge of Christ is like having a thorough knowledge of fuel. Christ works for us when we know who He is and the properties of the salvation He has established in our name. But, not knowing Him is dangerous and can only lead us to rely on self or the world. It’s smart to stand clear of the match when using an accelerant. It’s even smarter to know the nature of Christ when search for your own self worth.
We pray. Father, it is easy to lose perspective on ourselves when we set standards of measurement that we will never live up to. Yet, how often we do just that? We decide that we need to be better, faster, stronger, more intelligent than You have ordained in Your good purpose that we should be? Forgive us Father when we denigrate our best efforts when they are, realistically, as good as it gets in a world of sin and imperfection. Only Christ is perfect and we will never measure up to that standard. Help us to keep trying without losing that perspective? You are the judge and we are Your servants. Help us to keep it that way. In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.