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Get Over Yourself!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

“For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4)

Life confronts us with opposites in nature. My husband and I, for instance are a volatile combination. He is naturally structured, dependable and oh so meticulous (aligning his pens in the desk drawer just so). I, well, let's just say that Ms. Spontaneous messed up his perfect world. Over the course of 35 years of marriage, though, we've had the chance to examine both temperaments, realize the positives and negatives of both, and gradually blend traits from each to our benefit.

In the same way I have come to realize my human nature alone, even at its finest, is hopelessly flawed. I can have best intentions, do quite well for awhile and then my efforts break down. When I had hoped to do better, when it grieves me that I'm not smarter, better, wiser, more in control of outcomes, I recall that Jesus is right in saying, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." It is humbling to admit that I don't have it all together, nor all the answers. My becoming "poor in spirit" is a good thing because then God has room to work.

His nature has exactly what I lack. The question is, "Will I get over myself and be willing to ask God, 'What do You have in mind?' and listen?"


Kind and Compassionate God,

thank You for not leaving us to our own devices.

Help us to be willing to ask for help and direction from You and others.

In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.


Bonny Steventon
Clinic Patient Accounts, Avera Living Well Center

ROMANS 8:1-11 ● PSALM 24:1B-2, 3-4AB, 5-6 ●LUKE 13:1-9

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