Most days are just a hard slog through reality.
Reference: “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” 2 Timothy 1:9 NIV
Explore: I find people will often put me on a pedestal when they find out about my life. My husband and I have been doing life alongside a number of foster children for nearly 10 years.
I can’t say that this decade has been easy. The trials it has brought into our lives are greater than I ever thought we would have experienced.
The children in the system have often lived through life-changing trauma and the issues that are present in their lives are not easily resolved. There are times when we see them taking a step forward, however, most days are just a hard slog through reality.
While people perceive us as “amazing” for doing this, I just see myself as a Christian. God calls us to a life that is exceptional by loving people like nothing else on this earth can.
Application: The Apostle Paul mentions we are called to a holy life. Yes, there are days we will fall far short, but that doesn’t mean we stop reaching for that ultimate goal.
This exceptional life God calls us to doesn’t mean we are any more deserving of His love and grace, but it does mean that each day we take the love He gives to us and we look for ways we can change our world for the better.
Prayer: Lord, You have called us to this holy life. May You sustain us as we take the up-hill journey to be more like You. Amen.
How has God called you to live a holy life?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.