Move forward: Not because you are perfect. But because He is and you are in Him.

To my fellow pilgrims on a faith journey: It is so important to remember that our righteousness (right standing with God) is not up to us – it’s up to Him. If we try to be perfect in our own efforts – it will never happen. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll just turn overwhelmed and lethargic at the impossible feat and just give up. But if we truly grasp the grace that our Maker chose to wrap us in the righteousness of His own Son, we’ll skip forward like a happy toddler with nothing to prove to a doting parent. We will want to run forward because of the knowing that even the most wavering of steps brings a smile to the face of our Father. And we are His. No matter what.

Attack Anxiety

Recommended Reading:

Be Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

Oh, and this:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – The Apostle Paul, The Bible (Philippians‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

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