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Don’t misplace your “I” 

Don’t misplace your “I” 

    A second (perhaps third) proofreading of the social media post would have caught it. 

    One of my friends meant to post: “In a life where sin is so deceptive that we cannot even trust ourselves, it's good to know that blessing falls on all who trust the Lord.”

    But he missed a typo. He didn’t catch the way an “i” had barged into his sentence. His post ended, “It's good to know that blessing fails on all who trust the Lord.”

Blessing fails on all who trust the Lord.

    You may have to excuse me for the way my mind works.  That typo got me thinking about the way “I”, when it is misplaced, turns others blessings into fails.

    When “I” think that I can handle life on my own, it results in failure.

    When “I” think I’m strong enough, smart enough, or brave enough, it results in failure.

    And if I’d ever believe that I can do enough to get God to love me or forgive me, I will experience an eternal failure.

Grace is sufficient

    God’s grace in Jesus is the guarantee that he has done it all. The guarantee that he will supply it all.  

    That’s the lesson Paul learned and then shared.  He describes how God said to him, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore” Paul continues, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

    God’s grace in Jesus means we never want to misplace our “I”s.