Monday, January 28, 2008

Day 6 of the 21 Days: The Real You

Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the Lord ~Lamentations 3:40
I have no illusions about myself. Over the years, I believe I have taken time to get to know myself, flaws and all. I love those people who say, "I am a good person. I live a good life. I don't hurt anyone ... blah blah blah" and think that's enough. I guess I used to be one of them. Of course, compared to the world and everything going on in it, I just might be a saint. The reality is, being a decent person is not enough.

You can be a selfish decent person or a vengeful decent person or an angry decent person or a materialistic decent person or an unforgiving decent person. These things slip into life so easily that we barely notice them. You can harbor hate in your heart for someone you should have forgiven long ago and still be a decent person. Unfortunately, that does not make us good enough to get into heaven. We need Jesus for that but before we can even get to that point, we have to be totally honest with ourselves so that we may be honest with God.

How can we go to God with our sins if we are fooling ourselves? I try to stay honest about all my faults and thankful for my good qualities. After all, if I remain in denial then I will never get the help I need to be a better than decent person. The goal we should have is to be an exceptional person, a Christ-like person. As you know, that is an on going challenge that forces us to analyze ourselves and hopefully grow.

Prayer: Lord, I know I am far from perfect. Help me to accept the positive and negative aspects about myself. Give me the strength to ask you to change me for the better. In Jesus name.
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