It IS About You
LEA Weekly Devotion
Mindful Matters series 2021
Week of March 7, 2021
It IS About You
Hush, now, you who would admonish a whining, complaining, “concerned,” selfish student or parent, “It’s not about you.” Lots of things really are about “you.” Including when the “you” is you.
Several examples follow:
It IS about you when talking about creation. God created you in His image, even if you don’t look anything like the Adam and Eve in those wonderful old CPH picture books. A few things happened over the years to sully your portrayal of His image. Sin happened. And yes, though you weren’t directly involved in the first one, you would have been if you had been there. As it is, you inherited the sin of your great, great, great, but really not so great original family members. So…
It IS about you when talking about sinners. Many of your sins differ little from those of Adam and Even. Excuse me, Eve. In the matter of sin, you would have fit in with the earliest people through all centuries. You likely don’t appreciate hearing about it, so just be glad you didn’t start out as a biblical character whose sins the whole world reads about—even the sins of the great leaders of God’s people. You would have made The Book!
Now, stop sniffling and frowning, it IS about you. And so is this: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8).
The “you” IS you.
But there is more to you. What do you do with yourself when you are the mercifully and gracefully redeemed you? Here you are, straight from even the First Testament days: “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he…. (Is. 43:10).
God bless you. God make His face shine upon you. God empower you to tell His glorious story about you and Him.
Now doesn’t that make (you) want to use the “A” word, even if it is Lent? (Maybe a hushed “hooray” will do until we can shout, “He is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”)
Music matters… Hear and hum the truth
Mindful matters… Who needs to hear about who they are? Will you tell them?
Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
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