Have you ever said to yourself that “I need to get it together”? This life comes with its shares of challenges every day. The Word of God empowers, encourages and sustains us throughout this journey.

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:33-34). But God does give direction on how to get it together. Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

What is it really to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:9-13, Rom. 5:8, Eph. 2:8). Knowing who you are in the Lord ( St. John 1:12, Rom. 8:37, 1 Peter 2:9) Knowing and Understanding that everything has seasons in life. ( Ecclesiastes 3:1-22) Loving others through the power of God. (Phip.4:13, 1 John 4:4 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-12). Learn how to endure hardships in life. (2 Timothy 2:3, 1 Peter 4:1 and Galatians 6:9). God has a purpose in all things (Romans 8:28-30). Good Stewardship and Servant Leadership (1 Corinthians 3:9, Galatians 4:1-2 & John 13:12-16).

God must be our foundation and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior which will have abundance of grace and mercy. The foundation has been laid by a wise master builder and it up to us to build onto this platform. Each one must be careful how he builds on life’s journey because no one can lay a foundation better than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Remain in me said Jesus, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (St. John 15:4).

Can you get over yourself to get it together in life? Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not in vain. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me (Romans 12:3).

Self will always be the worst enemy we face but also it shows us the greatest opportunities to grow, change and develop throughout life. Growing to a place in life where we become selfless like Jesus Christ who gave it all to save “us from us or you from you.”

It’s time to grow up and get over yourself. Stop complaining about everything and/or everyone in life and take control through the power God has given you (Matthew 18: 18). Personal Pride destroys one’s life and will lead someone down a path of self-hatred. God is willing to work with us, on us and for us if we can just get self out of the way.

Evaluate your life and be honest about where you are. Failures are just what they are — opportunities and another change to get back up to do better. For we all are riding on God’s Grace and Mercy. Know you are loved by Amazing and Almighty Father. You are not alone and have the support.

Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.

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