Choosing Gratitude Day 12 — It is Well with my Soul

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 2-4

Oh, my, I read today’s passage and my sin hit me square in the face —

I have been craving physical health far more than I want spiritual health. My “discontent” has been mired in my physical pain and limitations. God has been faithful always to give me the strength to do what He asks me to do. But I have wanted to do “other” and “more” — and then feeling despondent because I can’t.

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” does not mean I get to do whatever I want to do. The strength is to do whatever God asks me to do. His assignment, not my own devices. I am His bondservant. He sets the agenda.

Oh, the joy of repentance! The confidence of knowing His forgiveness and mercy and steadfast love! Even God’s showing me where the root of my “discontent” is, is a display of His mercy!

So, I still want “good health” — I do. But good physical health is not the goal. I want to be a “fit for an ultra marathon” Christian. I want those with whom I cross paths to be able to write and testify that I am “walking in the truth.” I want for God to use me to teach others to walk in the truth.

Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for showing me my sin, so that I can repent and live a life of gratitude and joy. Thank You for using me however You want to use me. Thank You for giving me the strength to do whatever You ask. Thank You for choosing me.

I am so grateful.

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