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March 18, 2021

“Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

Oh, hey there Daily Texts. Nothing like hitting where it hurts. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that my biggest fear (or at least one of them) is that I won’t be good enough. I like being good at things. I’m pretty sure I am good at a few things. Nothing wrong with competence! We should all seek to do our best at the things that matter the most. This is one way we give glory to God.

The problem comes when we ground our value in our competence. Our worth comes from our goodness, or so the lie would have us believe. The problem is that even perfectionists aren’t perfect. If our sense of self is grounded in what we accomplish, we set ourselves up to fail. It’s a loser’s game. We’re going to get it wrong, make mistakes, fall on our faces. Whatever competencies we have are gifts from God, for God’s glory. But these are not the source of our meaning and identity.

We make a mistake when we think that grace is the last little bit that carries us across the finish line when we fall down. No. Such a line of thought implies that our lives are mostly about how hard we try, how much we achieve, and that God will get us across the finish line in the end. Again, no. It’s not only grace at the end. It’s all grace from the beginning. Everything we do, everything we are, springs from God’s mercy, love, and forgiveness. Everything we do is grounded in the grace of God, and that’s why we matter. That’s why we have value. Because God loves us; before we succeed or fail, God loves us.

You and I don’t matter because of what we have done. You and I are not without value because of what we have failed to do. You are I are of priceless worth because God says so. For the sake of Christ, your sins are forgiven.

My spiritual director and I were speaking of these things earlier today. I landed on a phrase that will help me when I falter or fail, when I screw up, when I don’t measure up: In faith, Christ is enough for me. By grace, I am enough in Christ.

And so are you.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, help us to know your love for us, gift to us without hesitation or reservation on account of your Son. Help us to rest in the promise of your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: I don’t know what I’m doing!

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