A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, on mornings like this, my gratitude and love for You is beyond words: The sun is shining through my window, the cat is purring at my feet, I can hear my children starting to stir and all feels right with the world. But past experience has taught me that by midweek (if not before) I’ll be complaining that the sun’s too hot, cursing at the cat for jumping on the kitchen table and snapping at my children for lingering over breakfast and making me late for work. Of course I pray for patience and strength, but only after I’ve lost them. And despite my repeated promises to You that I’ll do better ‘this time,’ I relapse again and again. I know I’m a work in progress, but I should have progressed further by now. Why do the good intentions I have on days like today dissolve so quickly, and how can I hold on to them?”
Wisdom of the Word
Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.
—King David, 1 Chronicles 16:10–11 NASB
We understand and yet…
There are times when we wonder if we’ll ever be the good Christians we could—and should—be. No matter how much time and effort You put into us, we keep backsliding into old patterns and repeating the same offenses. Why can’t we do better on a more consistent basis?