Stepping Heavenward


All For Nothing?

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, let each consider the other better than yourself”

I have a sobering piece of news for you: Whenever you or I do something in our own strength we may as well not be doing it at all.

Tough, isn’t it? Even when we are doing good things, with good intentions, it’s still worthless if we do not include God in the matter. It’s something great on the surface, but without God, it won’t ever be truly good.

“Therefore, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God”
1st Corinthians 10:31

I have been dwelling a lot on this subject recently. It began awhile ago when I started thinking of all the projects and different things I have attempted this year. And as I was thinking over each thing- each good thing - the Lord pointed out to me that I have been trying to do too many things in my own strength.

It was dark and misty that day, and all sorts of questions and thoughts were flooding my brain and I knew I needed to get out for some fresh air. I pulled on my wellies and headed for the fields with the dog. As I sloshed through the mud and plodded along next to the creek bank I continued thinking.

All the plans and projects that had come to light in the last twelve months had been great ideas. People had praised me for the work I was doing with the children at church, with the magazine I was scribbling away at, even saying that I was a “wonderful person” because I was learning Braille, “You’re such a sweet girl! You must be so clever”, and then, on that cold day God showed me how alone I was. I was alone, because I had chosen to be alone. I had chosen to do all of this with only a very little amount of prayer and thought to God.
It had to change. I was treading water, and I needed God to be the first…

It happens often, for each one of us, to get lost and caught up in “doing things for the Lord”, without really working alongside Him. God doesn’t call us to do great things for Him, necessarily, but to do great things with Him. It’s not about us, or our strength. It all has to be about Him, and by Him, and in Him that we do things. On our own, things will dissolve and crumble.

Ambition is good. With God in the picture it becomes perfect.

Not in our strength, Lord, but Yours.


  • Enjoyed reading here today. Found your link from Maria Toth.

    Joy and blessings on your young life.

    Shirley Buxton

    By Anonymous Shirley Buxton, at 6:47 PM  

  • Amen! Not in our strength but God's.
    Thanks for the reminder. Well said!
    God bless
    Maria in the UK

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:23 PM  

  • Hey kindred spirit!
    If we learn to submit in stead of commit ourselves to the Lord we learn to do what you said just here. God wants us to know Him from all sides, so we can never know how tomorrow fits into His plan! So, yes, let's walk in Him, not work for Him and go on in trusting Him more then our plans and good intentions! You are me so much girl!:):) I love you! Jacky

    By Blogger jacky baken, at 9:51 PM  

  • That is soo true.. I often find myself in a similar situation, where I'm frustrated to no end-- storm outside for some quiet time, and have to admit to God that I've been trying to do things on my own again. It is just impossible to have real peace, happiness, and satisfaction when we do that-- when we try to make our way through the maze of life on our own. I've had to find out that I sometimes need to hand the pen to my life story over to God daily-- otherwise I get myself up to the top into frustration, problems, and confusion.

    By Anonymous Rebecca Schulz, at 4:48 PM  

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