"I Am Chosen" by Laura Rice

Years ago someone wise encouraged me to release another person from
my judgment.  Since that time, I have tried to make it a practice to remove any
judgment I find myself holding over someone else.  It's not my job.  My job is
to forgive and try to live with acceptance and love toward others, as Jesus has
modeled and instructed us to.

Recently I had an insight that this was something I was practicing on
myself.  I was always "taking my measure,” so to speak.  Unfortunately this soon
becomes introspection and a cycle downward.  Once again this is not my job.
God will examine my heart and the Holy Spirit convicts as necessary.  We get
carried away with something far beyond either.

In our Sonship group we are asked to listen for God's voice.  In response
to a question, I heard God tell me to quit measuring myself and letting my
performance define me. God has already told me that I am chosen, acceptable,
forgiven and loved.

The second part of my hearing was that I should measure God instead of
myself.  What a relief to look up to God instead of down and into myself.  God
is good, full of compassion, slow to anger, tender-hearted, faithful, and forgiving.
God will never leave me. God is a good Father and Shepherd, and I am always
in His constant care.


Matthew 7:1  Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
                        And with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Psm. 42:5  Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?
                     Put your hope in God, for I will yet praised Him, my Savior and my God.

                    My soul is downcast within me.  Therefore I will remember you.
                     By day the Lord directs His love.  At night His song is with me,a prayer
                      to the God of my life.