Colossians 1: 17

“ He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1: 17

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Perhaps the saying is true that we’re our own worst critics, but despite how hard I try, sometimes

it feels like every area is sort of falling apart. Have you ever been there? No, just me?Quickly my feelings can turn into shame and discouragement, thinking about everything I’m not doing well, everything I had said I’d do for months — who am I kidding, for years now. I need to remember the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how gloomy things feel or how badly I believe I’m doing, Jesus is there. It’s during those moments when we seem to be failing at all the important things, that we need to take our eyes off of us and put them on Christ. He’s still good.

He’s our CONSTANT. He is our SUSTAINER.

Colossians 1:17 tells us, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

I may be struggling to hold things together, but our Jesus holds all things together. When we commit to Him our victories, our failures and our efforts, He holds them together. The verse says He’s before all things. Jesus knew our struggles long before we knew them, and He wants for us to see beyond those struggles and look to Him. If we take our gaze off of all that we’re not, we can embrace who He says we are.

When we feel disconnected and inadequate, He says we’re branches of the true vine, able to bear fruit in Him. (John 15:1, 5)

While we’re being hard on ourselves and sparing all grace, Christ says there’s no condemnation for those in Him. (Romans 8:1)

I don’t have to have it all together. I just have to know the One who does. I know He wants me to be a better friend, spouse, parent and servant, but I’ll only become better by looking toward the Jesus, my CONSTANT, my SUSTAINER.

Lord, thank You for being constant and sustaining me. Help me to see that Your greatness outweighs my failings, and You’re right here with me as I grow to become more like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.