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"I Am What I Am"

May 29, 2006

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By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. 1 Corinthians 15:10

Most of us have days that leave us with the frustrated feeling that we would have been better off staying in bed. The whole day seemed to be a waste.

Too often on such days we may look at God and ask, “Why have You made me like this?” We wish God had made us as wise as others we know – and as strong, as talented, as ambitious.

We find ourselves disgruntled by the limited abilities we think we have and the poor opportunities offered us to make use of them. The best cure for this attitude is gratitude.

Each of us should say, “I did not choose the circumstances of my birth, my parents, my intelligence, my body characteristics. All these vital components were chosen by God for me.” Each of us can say, “I am a beloved child of God. All that I am and have is a gift from Him.”

People should not take credit for what they look like, the things they have acquired, their abilities or the chance to use them. These are undeserved gifts of God. This keeps us humble. But to be humble does not mean to feel inferior, to downgrade ourselves. We are worth much, and to say this is to honor God.

PRAYER: We thank You, heavenly Father; for the gift of life. Help us to use the gift wisely; for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 27-29    John 11:1-29

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