I was listening to a devo by Tauren Wells yesterday. He reminded me that of a catch phrase that many of us have gotten into the habit of using as a substitute for the response of “no” or “no thanks.” It’s the phrase “I’m good.”

I’ll bet you you’ve said it, haven’t you?

Say for example, you’re driving through McDonald’s and order a Big Mac. The attendant politely says, “Would you like fries with that?” and you say “I’m good.” In the devo we were reminded me that we say it all the time. Some of us, maybe 12-15 times a day which can create a bit of a dilemma, if you think about it.

Here’s the potential pitfall if we ever really start to believe that we’re good.

We’re not good on our best day. We’re not good, ever. We have flaws. We fall short. We need help. (We don’t need fries, maybe) but we are needy. We always…need.

Romans 3:23 declares, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Born into sin as a child of Adam’s race, we had no choice in the matter. That’s what the Bible teaches and that’s why we need to be “born again” as a child of God to satisfy the demands of a holy, righteous God.

No wonder we call it “Good News!”

I really enjoy some of Tauren’s songs, especially “God’s not done with you.” Listen to the words of the chorus:

God’s not done with you
Even with your broken heart and your wounds and your scars
God’s not done with you
Even when you’re lost and it’s hard and you’re falling apart
God’s not done with you
It’s not over, it’s only begun
So don’t hide, don’t run
‘Cause God’s not done with you

The lyrics imply what Romans 3:23 declares. We’re gonna have a broken heart, wounds and scars in life. We are going to be lost. We are going to fall apart. Why? Because it’s the way of the life without God. It’s part of being human. Fortunately for you and I and everyone who has put their trust in Jesus, God’s not done with us. He’s always at work. We need him and he’s more than happy to go where invited.

I’ve been thinking that maybe I should quit saying “I’m good” lest I ever send the message that I can make it without Jesus.

Something to think about.

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