It seems to me the world is divided into two basic camps: those who ease into the pool one toe at a time and those who jump in. If you’re a cannonball-er, this lesson may not apply to you so much, but if you’re a “proceed with caution” type, this could be a a challenge.
Here’s the gist of today’s lesson: Start where you are.
We could probably distill that even further: Start.
We just began an after-work yoga class at the WoFfice. Gathered in our big conference room for our first class were people who had been practicing yoga for years, some who’d had a little experience, and some newbies. We could all work out together, because yoga doesn’t have a prerequisite. You don’t have to work up to a beginning level. You can just start.
Beginning a relationship with God is like that, too. You don’t have to work up to a certain level of goodness first. In fact, that’s a waste of time and effort. There’s no way to make ourselves acceptable to God. There’s just not.
That’s why he came to do that for us. Jesus came to rescue us because we couldn’t save ourselves. It doesn’t matter how ‘good’ you are, how noble, how . . . whatever. It’s not enough. So why wear yourself out trying to do the impossible?
Especially when you could be enjoying the company of the one who did the impossible for you, because he didn’t want to go through eternity without you.
How do you begin that relationship?
Talk to God: He’s waiting to hear from you. (And he never puts you on hold or makes you “press one for…” )No fancy words required; just tell him how you feel.
Tell him you want to know him better. If that makes you a little nervous, tell him that, too. If you want, you can spill out all the ugly details of your life (we all have them) and it won’t shock him a bit. He already knows all your secrets and he loves you anyway.
Then, if you’re ready, ask him to forgive all that mess and give you a fresh start. Invite him to be the one in charge of your life. (He’s much better at that than we are. I can attest to that from personal experience.) Then start living a new life as a new person.