I was a slacker in posting my gold nuggets this Sunday since we were entertaining some out-of-town guests and a couple church friends until late in the evening. And since I missed my deadline, I wasn’t planning to post it this week because I’ve become somewhat of a stickler for keeping a routine – if it’s a Sunday gold nugget it should be posted on Sunday. But alas, I’ve given in and have decided break the sequence this week because I think it’s an important message to share.

So here’s my short little nugget based on the sermon:

“Life is confusing unless we know there is a victor.”

We are in the middle of an epic story. We are part of an overwhelming battle. But in order to win, we need to fight by living in a constant state of surrender – submitting to God through prayer and reading His word. And even though God is the ultimate victor, we still have a part to play in the story. We’re not strong enough on our own to take on life’s challenges and sometimes we need to reach our lowest point in order to realize that.

During this message, the pastor broke down in front of all of us saying that he felt like a failure…in his family life, in his spiritual life and in his profession as a pastor. He had basically thrown in the towel over the holiday break and gave up on everything. But in doing so, he allowed God to become more present. And it’s so encouraging for me to hear that other people feel defeated or just not good enough, too. Because I’ve had my fair share of it and quite frankly, it sucks.

God doesn’t appear to those who think they have it under control…he comes to those who are desperate and defeated. How else can He help us unless we’re willing to let Him?

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)