Just As I Am
Posted on May 29, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
I have been looking forward to and preparing for an upcoming conference. It’s been overwhelming. I hope all my material will be finished to present. It would be great to walk in and have something wonderful to offer. But who am I kidding? This will be my first conference for writing, and I don’t have a completed, polished project. I finally gave up. I am not giving up on my project, but I am giving up on trying to present perfection. I have had to change from wanting to present a completed manuscript to becoming a student. Think about how often you and I desire to get somewhere without doing the hard work of learning, being given advice and taking the necessary steps to reach a goal. Isn’t this true in our walk with the Lord? It is easy to move forward on head knowledge and not take the time for a heart transformation. I want to seem like I have it all together when I don’t. Knowledge is fast. Transformation can be slow. Here’s the big question: do I think that well-seasoned instructors will not see through my feeble attempts to be what I am not?
Today are you willing to stop and take a break from trying to be perfect and having it all together? Are you willing to be in the process? Can we be just who we are and not try to be something we’re not? Do you and I think that we somehow fool Jesus about where we are in our walk with Him? Would you take a few moments today to talk to the Lord about where you feel you fall short? Have an honest conversation about what’s in your heart and where you are. He knows you better then you know yourself. Just come as you are.
This devotional was taken from America’s Keswick’s “Real Life for Real Victory Volume 3”. If you would like to order a copy of the 365 Devotional book, please call (800) 453-7942.
Written by Kathy Withers Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
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