The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Getting rid of all my small ambitions
to make this one thing the hallmark of my life.
To please God.
To give Him pleasure by living on the edge of faith,
by risking everything on His promises
and trusting all things,
even life itself, to His providence and care.
To count on His protection
and to pay the price for letting God be God
whether I get what I pray for or not,
whether my circumstances change or not,
whether I am healed or not
and to consider every sacrifice a small price to pay
to obtain the pearl of great price.
I do not seek the blessings of God
or the benefits of His promises.
I do not seek the hand of God but rather His face.
I want to hear Him say, “Well, done.”
I want to see Him smile
when He sees my feeble efforts
emboldened by a strong desire to please Him.
I would rather make mistakes,
I would rather fail
trying to please God
than succeed at anything else in life.
I want to be a beloved child of God
for no other reason than
because I was created for that very purpose
and that thrills me
to the core of my being.
It is His pleasure – His joy – that is my strength.
That is power enough for any life.
That is what makes my life significant.
I was created for His pleasure.
Created For His Pleasure by Bert A. Amsing. Used with Permission.
Excerpt from Jesus was an Alien (and Other Stories of Faith) by Bert A. Amsing.
Copyright © 2012 by vanKregten Publishers. All rights reserved.