As a Christian, I’ve struggled for many years to overcome a tendency to live according to law instead of grace. Early in my life, I imagined it was possible for me to live according to God’s commandment to love him with all my heart, mind, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. If I worked hard enough, I could do it with perfection.
Gradually I realized that I neither understood the meaning of that commandment nor the difficulty I would have in following it.
Today’s poem reflects my struggle, the understanding I’ve gained, and the joy I’ve found. It’s an ongoing adventure.
I read in God’s word what he expected of me In my pride, I imagined I could do it. But the virus of sin took control of my flesh So when temptation came, I failed the test Every day, I fell short. In numerous ways, I blew it. I despaired until I learned this: I can rest in Jesus’ merit. Every day, I compose New songs of joy and victory! What was impossible for me to do, he accomplished To recognize this truth brings me freedom— As, with joy, I put aside prideful independence And align my heart with his word and his Spirit. Then, I can do what pleases God. It, also, pleases me. Every day, I compose New songs of joy and victory! I read in God’s word what he expects of me. And in the power of the Spirit, I do it. Not yet with perfection, yet sufficiently; I’m a child of grace and will keep growing. By his Spirit, God will bring me to maturity. This is the promise he’s given me. Every day, I compose New songs of joy and victory! 9/5/2019 Jane Ault
Beautiful poem and is encouraging me!!
As a child I tried to live as a perfectionist to attain my earthly Father’s acceptance. But I didn’t realize it. And it has tried to work its way into my daily walk with Jesus after I found Him as my Savior, as an adult.
I can totally relate and I SO APPRECIATE that you continue to write for the Lord!!! THANK YOU!! I love you!! Sherry
Thank you, Sherry!
From the time I first met you, you’ve consistently encouraged me in my writing. I appreciate YOU!
My father, too, was a perfectionist. I’ve had a similar struggle in my walk with Jesus to really understand his accepting grace.
Love and blessings,
I am learning so much from you Jane. I fall short a lot but I keep asking God for understanding. Thank you Jane. Love the poem
Doreen, I’m so encouraged by your comment. Thank You! May God continue to give you understanding.
beautiful..have you put it to a melody?
Thanks, Genie. No, I don’t yet have a melody for this one.