Footsteps to Follow: Why not me?
Today my mission is to ask, is this me. Wow, what happened? It can be so many choices, good or bad. It is up to you.
James 1:23-25 might help you come to a decision. “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in the mirror, for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (NKJV).
We should be doers.
In making good or bad decisions, you still have to ask, why not me? Why not you?
We start asking questions. Why do I do this or that. Romans 7:14-25, reminds us that we are just flesh and blood, slaves to sin, doing what we hate rather than what we know is good. You and I really want to make the right decisions, but sometimes, we find ourselves “on the wrong side of the street.” We call on Jesus asking for help. Then he says, why not you or me? Wow!
Jesus always knows that we get ourselves in trouble. Then we call on him. We should have asked Jesus first. But we can seek his forgiveness and ask Jesus, can I get though this? Jesus tells us in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things. So this can help us say, why not you or me. With Jesus’ help, we can get through this.
We do not have to worry just about our decisions; we also stumble with our words. Sometimes we do not know how to speak the truth. James 3:2 says, “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a mature man, able also to bridle the whole body.” It can affect your whole body. Sometimes we don’t realize how many flaws we have. So we fall or fail. Why not you or me?
Our biggest problem is our help system. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 tells us, you and I are “beloved by the Lord.” Since the beginning of our life, we have had trouble believing in God’s love. We have a weak belief system. James 1:17 reminds us that all good gifts come from above. So why not for you and me?
After all that we have been through, we can’t turn back. We can count all we go through as joy. James 1:2-8 emphasizes this, showing that what God put in us, we can be thankful for and say, why not you or me?
We need a foundation of faith. Without it, we would always lose. But, when we connect our faith with our questions, our decisions, our actions and our words, we “love our neighbor as ourselves” (James 2:8).
…We need to show who we are every day. 2 Corinthians 4:17 tells us our “affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” God will have his glory from our lives. So we want to say to our little afflictions, why not you or me? Let us give God the glory today.
Tasha Page-Lockhart sings a song called, “Why Not Me.” Listen to it.
Pastor Velinda Webb Smith, New Life Wake Up Ministries Inc., Williamsport