Is not this the fast I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.  Isaiah 58:6-9

When you are seeking healing for yourself—for your heart, your emotions, your hurts—it may sound simplistic, but this verse basically says, get a heart for others, and then God will heal you along the way. We all want to feel good about ourselves. We are looking for a way to be convinced that we have worth, that we aren’t a lost cause. Some of that is good: examining yourself before God. But when you are preoccupied with yourself most of the time, it will not get you to a good place.

     Ask God to give you a heart for others—to break your heart with what breaks His heart, to bring into your life people who need help, so that He can reveal to you that you have “good works that He planned ahead of time for you to do.” Then healing will come. 

     If you are in a desperate search to feel good about yourself, you will only find it when feeling good about yourself isn’t the goal of your life. Feeling good about yourself comes as you walk in God’s ways and bask in His unfailing love and all-encompassing grace and love. And when you come to truly believe that you are the beloved, you will want others to know this, too! Don’t live a grace-less life. Ask God to help you grow in grace, and then share that grace with others through words, actions, and crazy love.

*Have you been on your mind lately? Ask God if there is someone who needs your help.

God, I don’t want to be preoccupied with myself—even if it is thinking about trying to be a better Christian. Help me to serve others. Give me Your grace in place of my preoccupation. In Jesus’ lovely Name, I pray, Amen.

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