thoughtful thursday.

this reminds me of one of my favorite verses:
"all beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you." 
- song of solomon 4:7

i do have flaws.
but the moment that i confessed my sins and turned from my old ways,
 they were nonexistent in the eyes of God.
[revelation 21:5]

and my good intentions,
 regardless of the return i will receive, 
is what makes giving my time/money/energy/whathaveyou
worth it.

last night the question was asked in my home group,
"if you knew your investment in someone or a situation
wasn't going to flourish, would you still invest?"
our answer should always be yes.

we are instructed to love others, 
and to glorify God through everything we do.
the very moment that we start to wonder what our gain will be,
is when that action starts to have an ulterior self-driven motive.
isaiah 58:10 says, 
"...and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." 

i will never do enough or be enough.
but, i can delight and be hopeful that my God-filled hole
in my heart can only be filled by God himself.
and because of that, 
i know that i am complete only through him.
and with him, i can do all things [phil 4:13].
and all those things, should be to glorify him.
and if i'm trying my absolute hardest to glorify him,
he will take care of the rest.

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