Right motives?

The other day someone questioned my motives for doing a small thing.  I intended kindness.  The person saw interference.  I felt terrible.  It was nothing earth-shattering, nothing (as my mom is fond of saying) that affected anyone’s salvation. But the comment stung, and my heart was burdened. Could the person be right?  Then I happened across this post at Adventures in Mercy, and felt like it was written for me.

Even though I care deeply about the people around me, even though I’m always aiming for good, the fact is that I’m human.  I’m going to mess up.

But here’s the great thing: even though sometimes I’ll owe someone an apology, I don’t have to endlessly whip myself for my humanity. Because the wonderful, redemptive, grace-filled, very best thing about my life is that God is at work.   In me and through me and around me and in spite of me.

I can trust Him even when I can’t trust myself.

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  1. beezwax says:

    All I have to say is Thank You for this reminder. God is at work in us, if we’ve turned over control and continue to, than we have to be patient.

  2. Glad I stopped by your blog today. I needed that reminder myself. Sweet blessings, Amy in OR

  3. Hey, thanks for the link. 🙂 I’m right there with ya on this one…

  4. Oh, Mary. Aren’t we so glad that “He who began the good work in you will be faithful to complete it?” I’m in the trenches with you, on my knees thankful I am not responsible for the completing this side of heaven. . .just the trusting, leaning and growing. :o) Keep shining bright!