“God made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).”
By contrast, when I rivet my attention to my struggles and shortcomings, I feel depressed. When I try to suck satisfaction out of what I do for myself, or what others do, I feel fear. For I know that satisfaction drawn from human accomplishment quickly disappears.
Am I aware of the new life Christ is producing in me – today? Yes, when I make the effort to identify the new things Jesus is doing in and around me. Yes, when I respond to the new impulses of the Spirit. Yes, when I develop the new relationships God brings my way. Yes, when I accept the new limitations from the Lord as part of his protection.
O God who dwells in newness of life, forgive me for obsessing over things which I do not control, and which cannot give me joy.
Today I will actively seek your work in my life, my relationships, and my tasks. I will join you in the good that you are doing, and I will take my role in opposing the evil which wrestles against you.
As I pursue your life, give me more of yourself that I might finish this day satisfied with the joy of having partnered in your plan for my world.