Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)


Growing up, I was taught that I had to please God to earn my way into heaven. I was taught that I needed to spend more time in church, that I needed to go on mission trips, that I needed to place more money in the collection plate, that I needed to quit sinning, that I needed to become perfect! I always felt I had to do more. For six decades, I have tried to become a better person to please our Father, and for six decades I have fallen flat on my face. I am still the same sinner that I was thirty years ago. So if I believe what I was taught as a child, I’m never going to make it into heaven. I’m never going to meet the One who sent His Son to die for me. How in the world am I ever going to be good enough, to please God enough to spend eternity with Him?

I have finally come to realize that I will never be good enough. I am a sinner, and no matter how hard I try, I will always be a sinner! So does that mean I should just give up? Should I just live for myself and forget about pleasing God?

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6, NIV)

Maybe it’s time to look at my faith instead my behavior. Perhaps God doesn’t expect me to be perfect. Maybe He made me imperfect for a reason. Maybe He made me the way I am so I would have to trust Him, to allow Him to be present in my life, to give Him the authority to direct my path. Perhaps He doesn’t need me to please Him. Maybe He needs me to trust Him, to have faith in him. Even by trusting Him, I will still be a sinner, but because I belong to Him I will start to love others the way Jesus loves me. No, I will never be good enough, but that really doesn’t matter. God will never love me more than He loves me right this minute – no matter what I do or how hard I try to please Him. My salvation and His love for me have absolutely nothing to do with trying harder! It’s all about FAITH! I simply need to surrender my life to Him and trust that His way is the right way to live my life.

Perhaps you, too, should take a closer look at your faith today!

Have a blessed day, “Working for Christ!”

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4 Comments on “I’VE BEEN TRYING TOO HARD!”

  1. imconfident Says:

    The world expects us to be perfect but it isn’t possible to be perfect in a fallen world. We are so hard on ourselves and we think that we are failures. Took me almost 6 decades to figure this out myself. But thankfully God does not expect us to be perfect and He loves us even with our imperfections and flaws!

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  2. I agree whole heartedly. I think one of the reasons so many people are turned off by “Christians” is that so many Christians try to act like they are perfect when everyone knows that’s impossible. We need to admit our weaknesses and our sins and show the world we are all the same in Christ’s eyes! Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂 Dave


  3. God created us in His image, yet He created us with flaws. Jesus became human and wiped our tears and sins away once and for all. He wholly understands who we are with our flaws and weaknesses – it’s what makes us human. I believe He loves us unconditionally, has extraordinary compassion, and bestows us with generous grace not in spite of those flaws but because of them. And all He wishes for us to do is receive His gifts and have faith in His constancy.

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