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Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)

An independent spirit is part of the culture where I live. I’m just a few miles from famous Old West gold-mining towns like Lead and Deadwood and many in my community are the descendants of bold pioneers and fearless homesteaders. People have an “I don’t need anyone else to make me successful if I just roll up my sleeves and get to work” attitude.

This ambition is great for starting a business or crossing the prairie in a covered wagon, but when it comes to our faith, self-starters need to take a step back from those natural tendencies and realize this: to obtain the abundant life that Christ intends for us, we need God and we need each other.

God is Creator. I did not give birth to myself. Remembering that will help me live each day with humility and generosity.  It’s much easier to love someone else when I remember that they are not a “success” or a “failure” but are simply a much-beloved creation of God. That reminder helps me love myself a little more easily too.

So go out today in the knowledge that God loves you. And maybe more importantly, he even likes you, too!'

Father, help me love others and myself in a way that only you can. Let me encourage and build up the people around me, simply because they are loved by you. Thank you for the gift of life you have given us all. Amen.


GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.