When I agreed to contribute on Substance Over Shadows, I created an acronym- labeled folder in my e-mail, “SOS,” to keep organized. Immediately, I caught on to the unintended irony and couldn’t help but let out a little laugh.
I often find myself drowning in the shadows, marveling at all the wonders God created in this world, wanting to do it all, but missing the big picture.
As Christians our purpose is to glorify the One, true God. We can start out aspiring to do just that and before we know it we’ve lost all sense of direction and purpose. We get focused on the what instead of the why. Today I start off on the right foot, but tomorrow the purpose disappears and suddenly we’re panicking, sending out a distress call, “SOS.” The to-do list is a mile long, we realize that the waves are suddenly too rough, and we can’t find our way back to shore. God, please, save me.
And God, our substance, is always faithful to do just that. What’s even more baffling to me is His graciousness to let us try again. Let’s be real–he doesn’t need us to bring Him glory.
It is a privilege to serve God, and so I leave you with this: 1 Peter 4: 7-11
“…be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”