The Five Minute Friday word for this week is offer. The world is filled with offers today. There are products for everything you can think of. They all promise to make you the best you can be if you just spend the money. You are worth it, they say. You owe it to yourself.
But some, if not most of the ads today, offer empty promises. What they really want is your money.
[bctt tweet=”While some of the products may indeed help, they are only passing. They satisfy a little, only until the next new thing comes along.” username=”GaylWright”]
Ultimately, nothing in this world can fill the longing deep within our hearts. We can make ourselves look better, feel better to some extent. And we should take care of ourselves. But if we are looking for happiness and joy through things, we will never fully find it.
The Best Offer
[bctt tweet=”What we need is an offer of something that works from the inside out, someone who can meet our every need. ” username=”GaylWright”]
Of course, I’m speaking about Jesus, the only One who can give us real joy. Even if circumstances are not the best, we can still find peace and joy in Christ.
Jesus offers us eternal life and has promised never to leave us. Though He is with the Father, He has given us the Holy Spirit to live within us. It’s a mystery, yes, but I know that He is real.
[bctt tweet=”I don’t have to be ashamed that I’m “not good enough” because He has covered me with His righteousness.” username=”GaylWright”]
We will have the true beauty that springs from within. His love inside me fills to overflowing and I want others to know this love, joy and peace. It reminds me of a Scripture I was reading on Sunday.
Those who look to him are radiant with joy;
their faces will never be ashamed.
As I meditated on that scripture and a couple of others, I decided to journal a response. I knew I wanted to show how we as His children can be radiant and full of joy, but I wasn’t sure what else. So I just kept sketching and then decided to add the scriptures.
What about you? Do you ever have doubts or feelings that you are not good enough? How do you find peace and joy? Do you ever journal or use art to respond to what you are learning? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
During this time of Lent, let us remember our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May we look to Him for healing and peace, joy and love, no matter where we are.