This starry night as I lay down weary and exhausted from the length and strength of the days, I cried out to the Lord wondering how I could ever live a life of service. I had just returned home to the comforts and care of my comfortable life in Virginia.

Though there are many days where I am willing, and even eager to give up everything comfortable and safe about this life, and simply serve others and follow Jesus. But other days, I feel so depleted and wearily unable to even stand and serve the people right in front of me. I wonder if I am even called to missions work, or anything special or beautiful. How could I help the beautiful people of different countries, when I feel unable to even help myself?

But then God gently reminds me of His strength, that He is the vine and I am the branches, and that apart from Him I can do nothing. He goes before me and is always with me and is my strength, and that I was never supposed to go on my own.

In my own power, I do not have enough strength, courage, or love to go out into the world and serve others each and every day, but by His Spirit, I am able. It is all through Christ alone, and rest confidently in that truth.

“In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand”

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