I have acquaintances who are constantly concerned and worried over the Church. Some seemingly spout nothing but gloom. The church is doomed...it is steeped in disobedience...some say we are not spiritual enough...not dedicated enough...not praying enough...not living holy enough...not sorrowful enough...not sorry enough...not DOING enough...not being good Christians enough.
And you know what? They're right!
And isn't that why we are covered with grace?
Lord, I beg You to keep my eyes fixed on You and how much You fulfill me...how much You teach me...how much You give me the ability to do Your work. Help me not to bow under the weight of well-intentioned peer pressures. Help me not to lose sight that I am nothing, and can do nothing without You to begin the work in me. Help me to recognize every breath I take is the breath You give me. Help me to remember my soul is only TRULY alive through You. I ask in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who has washed away every stain of sin I carried with His blood.