…thank God it’s not about us.
An old friend said this from behind the pulpt one Sunday in July, 2007. His sermon: Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000. His message: I can’t remember. All I remember is his soft Irish accent lilting the words, “it’s not about us; thank God it’s not about us.”
It’s easy to convince ourselves that all of life is dependent upon our actions, and to forget that each day is a gift. We’re presented 24 hours with which to boldly live- to forgive the hurts that darken our thoughts, love others without abandon, and put away the mistakes of yesterday. With each intentional action, we grow a little closer, or further, from God. Still, it isn’t about us. There’s no scoreboard, and no comparison to make to others on the same Walk.
Remind you boss that gossip isn’t productive: +1 Heaven Point
Hold onto words uttered by another: -3 HP
Show your husband the Passion of the Christ: +2 HP
Lie to the credit card company about why your payment is late: -5 HP
Imagine if life were tit-for-tat with God. If He counted our sins against us, we’d all be screwed. If it were up to us, we’d never see His Kingdom come, and we’d certainly never come up with a concept so foreign to our world as Grace.
But, it isn’t about us. It’s not about how “good” or “wretched” we are. It’s about His grace and mercy. It’s His love that heals, and His hand that provides.
Hebrews 13:5 says: ““Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hear that; never. Never will He leave us. We mess up, and He is still beside us. He forgives us, even when we refuse to forgive each other. He gives us beautiful friends to make our burdens lighter, faithful spouses to teach us more about Christ’s love on Earth, and this lovely book full of answers to life’s crap. (Yes, I’m referring to the Bible.)
We deserve none of this. We never did, and we never will.
Thank God it’s not about us.