The Hard, Long Struggle

by Renaissance Girl 

“Our heart is corrupt. It is our human inheritance; the fruit of personal choices. It demands a hard, long struggle, but we are not alone.”

I found these words from our daily devotional both sobering and a little hopeful.  I don’t like to admit that my heart is corrupt — especially that it is the “fruit of personal choices.”  I can’t even throw the blame on someone else.  So much of my energy is spent trying to prove that I’m “good” but there’s a flaw in my thinking — a childish view of good and bad.  It’s not about trying to be good to stay out of trouble.  As someone recently pointed out, Jesus came for sinners so why would I fight so hard to prove that I’m NOT the very thing that qualifies me for a relationship with him?  So I roll up my sleeves for the struggle and cling to the fact that I am not alone.
 
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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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