Sometimes, it’s hard not to feel the strain of being in this world, but not of it.

It’s like being a fish out of water floundering in a very murky sea.

Everyday, in dozens of ways, we are assaulted by those things that grieve our hearts and stir in us a disgust for the dirt of humanity.

It becomes easy to choke on that smog.

For the air is heavy with others’ collective soot, yes.

But, perhaps more importantly, with our own.

There’s an undeniable burden of duality in knowing our own grime exists and the deep despisement of it.

It is that which Paul refers to in Romans 7: 19:

For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

Sigh. A lot to relate to there. A lot of grunge in these old palms. 😏

But, lest we sink in the discouragement of this dust that we are made of, there is a blessed hope to remember.

Where the inevitable decay of our bodies and souls began way back in Eden the onerous day of the fall, hope began as well.

The bright promise of salvation, embodied in Jesus Christ, completed on the cross, through His resurrection.

This amazing, crystal-clear, life-giving grace to breathe in.

A forever-in-His-presence to rest in, a face-to-face to look forward to for all eternity.

And the free will to choose it.

For we must choose this incredible gift in order to receive it.

And, hence, in the power of choice comes joy, but, also, sadly, what we see so much of in society today…

The choice to turn backs on the gift, the choice to revel in the filth instead of lifting our dirty hands to God to wash them.

A hard thing to witness on a daily basis, a hard thing to keep our hearts free of.


Thanks be to the precious Lord who does not leave us to fend it alone, that guarantees this present muck is all just temporal!

That one day, for all who trust in the cleansing found in this sea of grace, we will be doing eternal backstrokes, free and easy, no longer hampered by this world.

What a strain-lifter off of weary shoulders that should be for all who believe! 😊

Blessings to you friends! If you have questions about salvation, see my info page and shoot me an email.

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