Are you trying too hard?

It was quite a week.  In my “passion”, which was much more anger than anything, I was trying to get a message across to people and lost the message myself!  The message that I was trying to communicate was the we don’t have strive and work harder, but depend on God.

I even wrote to someone that one of the  reasons I am so passionate about the message of “serving with Jesus” (instead of for  Jesus) is that I see so many people trying on their own strength.  I claimed in my email that “one of that lessons I have learned through suffering and weakness is to depend on God. I feel that was how Jesus lived total in total dependence on God.”

Well so much for “learning” that lesson.  Perhaps a better way to state it is that I am learning to depend on God. Apostle Paul said it well in 2 Cor 1:8

“For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead”

I listened to a really good sermon today communicating the same message.  Click here to listen to Neal’s sermon.  He said:

Before you think that you really should try to be more loving, let me stop you. Please don’t try harder to love. It isn’t a good look for you. Trying to be more loving doesn’t work and everyone can see right through it. But we can practice some things that help us to become a more loving person. I’ll give you an analogy. You and I might probably can’t go out today and run a half marathon. But, many of us could practice running and a year from now would become people who could run a half marathon. I’m going to spend the rest of our time giving us three practical ways we can begin to become the kind of people who naturally act in loving ways. These are things that every one of us can do right now, today. I can almost guarantee that anyone who practices these three things will, over time, become a more loving person. Let me tell you a story and then I will give you the first practice.

 

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