I have watched many people live life in the power of their own strength and abilities. Honestly, most of the time it was terribly inadequate for life’s demands. It should not be surprising that there was very little capacity for understanding toward others. Patience was minimal, wisdom deficient, grace and forgiveness almost non-existent. Phrases like, “you need to get it together,” or “what is your problem?” flowed freely and frequently.

These were the times when I recognized a deep and desperate need to cultivate strength from a source greater than my own limits. I was attracted to the message of One who did not expect me to “get it together” and was willing to give me His strength in place my weakness. I heard Jesus would be my burden bearer for guilt and shame and it was an offer I could not pass up. I figured I had absolutely nothing to lose (except my soul which I really did not understand then.) But I did understand I had everything to gain!

Since the day I asked Jesus into my life, I’ve discovered so many glorious gains. He has come through on my behalf every single day and in every way. It did not always look the way I thought it would or should, but He was there for me. His grace is sufficient for you and His mercy endures forever. He’s patient and kind and never rejects or condemns. He’s slow to anger and quick to forgive. His love is not based on performance or failures, and He will be an ever-present help in time of trouble.

Are you are exhausted trying to live in your own strength? Is the pressure of life too much for you to handle? Does the lack of consistent performance by yourself or others leave you angry or feeling like a failure? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” I have really good news for you. There is no time like now to exchange your life for His. All you have to do is ask Him. It’s the best decision you will ever make!

For He says, “‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2