Friday, February 27, 2009

ode

"Necessary but not sufficient," is a phrase used by Michelle Chan in Ode magazine last month to describe her own work to increase sustainability practices among major world banks. Check out the article if you'd like.

Reading this today got me thinking about how much of what I do in life is necessary but not sufficient. If my life's ambition is to honor and please God, how many of my actions are vital but inadequate?

Then I thought, in a way, all of my efforts (prayer, ministry, worship, relationship, discipleship, etc) fall into that category. Nothing within me is perfect, and I cannot produce anything perfect. All my time and energy spent pleasing God is necessary but never is it sufficient.

Knowing this does not depress me though, because I know that God is gracious. He offers an endless supply of grace for my journey, and mercy when I fall short. It is only with God, that I am able to persevere. Many times I give into temptation, but knowing that what I had to offer was never enough, my efforts were always flawed, my actions could never earn God's love, I am able to press further into into him. I need to accept his grace to live a full life.

So Psalm 103 is my Ode today. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love! How great is our God!