I grew up in a family of hard-working Americans. Every day my parents would get up in the wee dawn hours, and work hard for 12 hours or more. I heard over and over, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” or “you can become anything you want if you work hard enough for it.” Pretty soon, self-reliance took the place of relying on God. My self-reliance lasted for years and robbed me of decades of joy-filled living.
During all those years, the comfort that came with abundance had a corrosive effect on me. I relaxed my commitment to quiet times, attending church, and gradually slowed my God-filled pace with a God-less life. I was a lukewarm Christian teetering on stone cold.
Human hands can’t fix a heart condition, just like self-will can’t solve all your problems. A Creator is the only one that can affect what He’s created. Our needs can only be met by the One who created us and loves us unconditionally. When we refuse to believe He can heal, the fault is all ours to bear.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s felt this way. What about you?
“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5