The Mercy Of Coming Up Short

The Mercy Of Coming Up Short

I don’t mean to be a downer, but I have to say it: Real life is hard…

The kids are fighting again. The laundry pile is still out of control. You’re behind on responding to emails, returning phone calls, and turning in paperwork. Fixing a meal feels less than inspiring and there’s no money for eating out. A child is sick. A friend is suffering. An aging parent need help. The news is depressing. And, did I mention? The kids are fighting again.

Daily life is replete with difficulty and heartache.  And we, in our exasperation, go digging in our bags of tricks for what will work this time. We stick our hand in, hoping to pull out an easy fix for all our woes. But, in spite of how good we may feel right away, no amount of shopping, movie watching, internet-surfing, vacationing, organizing, exercising, talking it out, or personal bettering truly satisfies in the face of the persistent challenges in life. It’s not that any of those things don’t work, or are not helpful in practical ways. It’s simply that there is no lasting hope an any resource we may seek to find in our personal strategies for coping with struggles and obstacles. They don’t satisfy because they were never meant to.

The truth we often fight against is the truth that brings us hope:

We have no resources, within ourselves, to fix our lives…or our world. Our bags are empty. There’s mercy in coming up short.

Our emptiness and bankruptcy in our own resources is exactly where the cross of Christ finds us ready for real change...for real help.

It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.
―Timothy Keller

Do you feel helpless in your ability to train your children today? Do you wonder how you will pay your bills? Do you feel ineffective and ill-equipped for the tasks you’ve been charged with? Dear friend, you are right where you need to be. Cry out to our good God, and find him faithful. Yes, you will find him faithful to provide the resources, time, energy, and tools you need…but faithful, ultimately, in providing the satisfaction in your SOUL that is needed when everything else goes awry.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

Because of grace,

Ruth Simons,

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  1. Elissa Philgence says

    Hi Ruth

    Thank you for taking the time to write this post.

    Yes, life comes with its many, many difficulties, but it’s only gets harder with we try to carry ‘our bags’ all by ourselves. God said “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 29-30. I pray that we will remember this in our daily walk.

    Peace to you.

  2. Jennifer says

    Great post. I have been so burdened lately feeling like I needed to find the way to fix these issues I am dealing with right now. This post was great reminder it is not all up to me!

  3. Cat E says

    I finally got an opportunity to read your blogpost and as I started into it I realized that I really am at the end of my resources. You put my thoughts, the thoughts I keep pushing out of my head, the thoughts I keep denying, you put them into words. I am now at a point in my life where I realize that what, or rather who, I keep pushing away is really who I need to be moving closer to. It’s taken me many years to finally know that I can’t do this alone and I need to start looking upwards. Now where do I start because it all seems so overwhelming.

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