17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:17 NIV)

After Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He spoke to them about serving others, and then He said that they would be “blessed” if they would follow His example. I love the examples of sacrifice, love, mercy, courage, and devotion that I find as I read about Jesus’ life. I am drawn to Him as my greatest example. I believe that what He says is true. I know from experience that if I will follow His example and apply His teaching to my life that I will be blessed, but…

I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy that I know all of these things and yet I continue to struggle to do what Jesus wants me to do each and every day. I continue to get in His way, block His counsel, and miss His blessings because at the core of my being I am still a mess. The Apostle Paul said, “…I have the desire to do what is good, but…” (Romans 7:18) I have the desire as well, but…

What is it? Why is it? How is it? I love the Lord, but I fall so far short. I would like to say that I didn’t know any better or that I am getting “better,” the truth is that I’m not. I take great comfort in God’s Word as I read about folks like me. Paul was the greatest missionary that ever lived, passionate for the things of God, yet he was a mess. Simon Peter preached such a powerful message at Pentecost, but Paul called him out for being a two-face hypocrite. (Galatians 2:11) David was a man after God’s own heart, but boy was he a mess.

I’ve come to the conclusion that what I need is not to get “better” in some kind of Anthony Robbins or Oprah Winfrey kind of way, but to continue to keep the Lord ever before me. I find that if my eyes are on Him that it is more difficult for me to get in the way. Like Simon Peter walking on the Sea of Galilee, once he saw the waves he started to sink. And I do as well when I take my eyes off of Him.

My prayer today, Lord, is that You will help me to stay focused on You. Keep my mind focused on Your truth. Keep my heart focused on Your will.

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