You Can Rest; Your Best has Already Been Secured

It always seems we’re trying to be better: to manage better, to love better, to work better. 

And to an extent it is good to improve ourselves. Growth is good. 

But it can become a rat race, running an endless loop of “better” on that elusive pursuit to be our best. 

Your Best Secured

Our Best Secured

I love that during the Christmas season we are reminded more than any other time that there’s one area in which we do not need to strive harder.  In fact, it does us no good.

That area is our salvation. 

We can quit striving to earn our place in heaven, because our best for eternity has already been secured for us.

We can quit striving to earn our place in heaven, because our best for eternity has already been secured for us. Click To Tweet

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

And it began with a Babe, more than 2,000 years ago. 

With all the endless demands placed on us, by society and ourselves, it’s a sweet, sweet grace to have an area of our lives where we can rest.

God is with us. God is in us. And in His Son, Jesus Christ, the Father has offered us a gift more precious than all the presents we could ever give or receive.

In Jesus, the Father has offered us a gift more precious than all the presents we could ever give or receive. Click To Tweet

So today as you put the last minute touches on your Christmas preparations, rest in God’s promises.

Rest in Emmanuel: He is God with us. He is God in us.

And He has already provided your best. And mine too. 

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Ephesians 2:4-5

Reflections: What is an area in which you strive too much? How does knowing the best has already been secured for you, help with that?

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  • Sound of floodwaters roaring over dam; Messing around with a very goofy Rach after school; Watching Joey perform in his high school Christmas concert, which ended with Handel’s Hallelujah chorus: fabulous!
  • Squeezing in a sweet hour with a friend; Decent sale on beef: finally, and just in time for the boys’ time home; Hubby’s care for me
  • Tiny flurry of snow: hey I’ll take every flake; Evening of caroling!; Rachel’s excitement every time we sang Away in the Manger that “no crying He makes”
  • Having a friend from out of town pop in for a bit; Challenges of my work; Joey working up a trumpet/piano duet with a former teacher of his
  • Zach’s home!; Spending the night with my sis at our barn: an event Zach calls the middle-age sister’s slumber party; A night of sharing deep conversation, playing games, and much laughter
  • Cool, crisp winter air; Slow, peaceful morning with my sis; Zach home yesterday, Danny today: family complete for Christmas and New Years!
  • Children sharing the Good News of Jesus in our church Christmas program; Decorating the barn with the whole clan; Seeing many friends at a Christmas open house

By His grace ≈


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

8 comments on “You Can Rest; Your Best has Already Been Secured
  1. Ransom Davidson says:

    I strive to walk in the Spirit so that no temptation can overtake me and so that I won’t disappoint my God and my King or grieve His Holy Spirit.

  2. Alex says:

    Lovely post and a wonderful reminder, bringing joy and relief at this time of year when its so easy to feel your efforts are imperfect! (Especially for Mums ; ))

  3. Deb Anderson Weaver says:

    Great reminder that we may cease striving! I linked onto Coffee For Your Heart a couple of posts after you. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Such a comforting thought that our best has already been secured. I strive too often to be “enough” and have too much of a perfectionist nature, so this is a comforting message. Thank you, Julie. The calendar looks so beautiful! I hope you have a wonder-filled Christmas!

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