Devotion written by MZBC

You Can Get Up!
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. --- Romans 6:3-4

Do not give up - get up! Challenges that help you to be a better person are worth accomplishing! The process of becoming your better self is a life-school of training packed with unexpectedness. It is unexpectedness that monitors your progress. Remember that your better self evolves from the inside job of the Holy Spirit. You are only as good on the outside as you are from within. That is why unexpectedness taps you throughout your stages of growth when you need a boost in your determination and faith, and when you sometimes need a touch of humility. Unexpectedness emphasizes lessons that are necessary for honing your effectiveness. After all, everything you do and become serves a purpose for God's Kingdom. Which is why unexpectedness pays you timely visits when in self-confidence you to forget Who deserves the credit for your self-improvement. Unexpectedness is simply God's grace. It may not feel like grace at certain times. However, when you have reached your goals and you reflect on how you did not give up - but you kept at it until you could get up - you will appreciate the unexpectedness that came your way. All that is within you shall give praises to the graciousness of the Lord Who helped you mature into your better self!