The Missing Ingredient


Sometimes it happens by neglect. Sometimes, hurry. I’m not sure which it was this time around, but nonetheless I realized it last night. Perhaps my discouragement about my career runs deeper without it. What am I talking about?

The Bible.

My lifeline, my encouragement, my perplexity, my hope. Why do I let it slip from my grasp when I most need it? I’m running back to its pages today, resting in its embrace and tangle of life-giving words. Here’s a sample. I pray these holy words touch you today.

2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT: We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Romans 5:5 NLT: And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Hebrews 12:1, 2 NAS: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Psalm 3:3 NAS: But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

Psalm 145:9 NIV: The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

John 3:30 NLT: He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

2 Corinthian 3:17 NIV: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Dear Jesus, I want freedom. I want You to lift my head, to feel Your compassion. I want joy to typify my life, to see beyond circumstances to grasp joy. You are the splendid power inside. Forgive me for squelching it by magnifying my own issues above Your kingdom and glory. Fill my heart afresh. Refresh my intentions. Be so near I can taste Your presence. I love you. I love you. I love you. Amen.

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