May 2, 2016 on 10:39 am | By | In In God's Pocket | Comments Off on MONDAY THOUGHT 5/2/16: THE MYTH OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Many of us learn early that people disappoint and things break. So we turn inward, to ourselves, and we (1) isolate our tender places from others and (2) get really good at something like making money, playing a sport, relying on our own talents and skills as a self-created, self-centered support team.

We become self-sufficient. Or at least we think we do.  That’s a myth. It doesn’t last, if only because we grow older and physically decline (sorry, but it’s true, no matter how hard we train), get cancer, watch the economy shift and our wealth decline, etc.

It just doesn’t work. All our my-way self-reliance does is leave us isolated and alone.  Only one thing does work (sorry, but that’s true, and this from a guy who has stubbornly tried all the other doors):  That is trust in God.  When we finally figure out that handing over our emptiness, our loneliness, our need to scare away the two a.m. demons – when we finally learn to trust God and hand it over to Him, man, that is freeing and reassuring.  That is a truth we can hang our hat on.

My point: When we learn that we can rely on God for peace, joy, happiness, then have learned all we need to know.  This is not a “maybe,” not a “probably,” but a fact. Hand it over to God.  Just trust.  He knows what He is doing.  — jri

The truth is that self-sufficiency is a myth perpetuated

by pride and temporary success. Health and wealth can

disappear instantly, as can life itself. Rejoice in your

insufficiency, knowing that My Power is made perfect in


  • Sarah Young


          Jesus Calling (April 30)


Bonus: Handing over our insufficiency to God actually puts everything on God’s shoulders.  I have been known to pray, tell God that I will wait upon Him and trust, and end my prayer by saying, “Good luck, God.  Sorry about leaving you holding the bag, but you did ask for it.”  And then I would roll and get a good night’s sleep.  The key is to trust that whatever He brings us as His solution is the best one … even if it does not seem quite right at the moment.  Just trust.  He never disappoints if we ride it out to the end.  Amen.


John Ingrisano

DailyConnections May 2, 2016



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Spiritual Ramblings from a Reformed Heathen

By John Ingrisano

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