All means ALL {things work together}

If you’ve been a part of the church/Christian Faith world for more than a minute in your life, you’ve probably heard these words:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV

I’m pretty sure I memorized these words fairly early in my Sunday School career.‬‬ I mean, if there was a sticker or piece of candy in it for me, I was all about parroting the words back to my teacher.

But I don’t think the little Sunday School version of me had a clue what those words really meant. I’m not entirely sure the grown up version of Tracy gets it either. But I’m beginning to.

You see, when those God-breathed words made their way out through the Apostle Paul’s pen, all meant All. Absolutely no exceptions.

And all these centuries later, all still means all. No exceptions.

But I’ve made exceptions. I totally get God using the pretty , shiny, and happy things of life for my good and His glory. I even get Him using some of the darker sides of life – as long as I did nothing to cause them and they don’t last too long.

But what about the long dark pathways of my own choosing?

All means all.

What about the things that will never ever make sense to me this side of Heaven.

All means all.

What about the things that seem so dark and evil it seems absolutely impossible that good for anybody at any time could ever come out of it.

All means all.

Why is it so important that we begin to grasp this?

It frees us from being bound by the lie that our sins and bad decisions exempt us from God’s Good in our lives.

All means all.

It frees us from the false belief that we are little mini-gods who shoulder the responsibility of acting right, believing right, being right in order to experience God’s goodness in our lives.

So, if your heart is weary and disillusioned believing that somehow the actions of others, a “bad hand” dealt by life, or even your ugliest of sins and poorest of decisions can somehow stop the flow of God’s good in your life – you can be lifted by the fact that

ALL MEANS ALL!

Our Worry Only Limits Us

Here is the prayer that closed this morning’s leadership huddle at the incredible hospital where I am so blessed to work:

Holy God,

This is the day that You have made – Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Each person gathered here is a masterpiece designed by You.

Help us to remember our worth when challenging situations arise. Should we feel depressed or lacking joy in our lives, help us to remember we are fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image.

Our worry does us no good and only limits us, and You do more with worry than we ever could. So help us turn our anxious thoughts and situations over to You and trust that You are working. You work all things for our good because You love us. May we always be mindful that You are working in ways that we cannot comprehend, as Your ways supersede ours. And in this working You are continuing to mold us into masterpieces that fulfill Your purpose.

For the unseen, the increasing of our faith and our capacity to love, we give thanks in Your Holy Name. Amen.

-Prayed this morning by Mary Beth Krivanek, Sr. Chaplain, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital Pastoral Services

Don’t let a temporary change in view shake your faith in permanent truth!

The beautiful landmark #KingAndQueenBuildings looked quite different during my commute in this morning’s fog than they do in the #AfternoonSunlight. But the #LifeLesson in this is that the actual structure and function of the buildings didn’t change just because my view was temporarily obstructed. Do not let what you see weaken what you KNOW to be true. #LessonsFromTheSky.