I like being an introverted overachiever with a touch of OCD

I was having such an amazing day until I got on Facebook.  I was enjoying a peaceful Friday morning working in my yard.  I did a heart check and realized that for the first time in a long time that my heart was healed, whole, and happy.  It felt great!  I had come through a tough week but I had pushed through and prevailed.

Earlier that morning I had posted on Facebook a 250 word “description” of myself that I had written for an upcoming conference.  And evidently someone took exception to how I had described myself.  There on Facebook, ready to burst my happy balloon, was an extensive comment about how I should not label myself and I should not this and I should not that and blah blah blah.

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Is God looking for effort or perfection?

When you were young, do you remember how your parents would encourage you to “Do your best” when you had a big test or performance or ball game?  You may have also heard the quote “Do your best, and let God take care of the rest.”  What if your best isn’t looking so hot?  What do you do then?  Is God looking for our best, or is He looking for us?  What about effort…does it count for anything?

Effort
Romans 12:1 urges us to “…present our bodies a living a holy sacrifice, acceptable and well-pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

What do we do when what we have to present to God is not a beautifully-wrapped gift tied in a crisp gold bow?  What if we are broken and bleeding on the inside and what we have to present to God is wrapped in tattered cloths, stained with our tears?  What if that is our best?  Is it enough?

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