10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.
That is Colossians 1:10 & 11. I love it because it tells me that all I have to do to please God is to:
1. Bear fruit in every good work
2. Grow in the knowledge of God.
3. Be strengthened with all His power which leads to endurance and patience.
Lately, I've been feeling a bit beat up. I am tired and feel like what I'm doing is only marginally mattering. I doubt myself and can get myself pretty worn down...primarily by my negative thoughts. Yes, God sets an unbelievably high standard for me, but then He gives me or at least makes His great power accessible to me to accomplish what He desires.
During the last few days, my Joshua has been dealing with a difficult loss. His closest friend is moving back to Canada and he has been so devastated. He, along with all of us, have been so grateful for the gift of this friend during these past 2 years and now it's going to change. I wish that I could take the pain away from Joshua and I would trade places with him in a heartbeat if I could. But...sadly he has to learn about pain and loss and sadness. I'm reminded that my responsibility is to teach him how to access the power and the strength that God offers to get through these difficult days. This weekend Joshua and I were talking and as he turned to go He shook his head and said "I never knew the 21st century was going to be so difficult". His comment makes me chuckle, but the deeper truth reminds me that life is hard and that I better be an example of getting my strength and power from Jesus. Perhaps that's one of the greatest gifts I can give my children.
Grateful for His amazing power and His remarkable strength,