Totally Inept

It struck me this morning how totally inept I am at so many things. There are so many areas of concern that I do not know how to control or fix, both in myself and others that I love and care for. I can see problems but I don’t always know how to change them. And this includes my inability to comprehend all the complexities involved with these concerns. And there are so many areas that cascade into one another. One aspect affects another and another and on and on it goes.

And when I see or hear the short sightedness of others in a particular area of comprehension or understanding, I also see that I myself am frequently among this number. Sometimes in the same area, sometimes in areas that I may or may not even be aware of. I would suspect that the latter is much more prevalent than I currently understand. In other words, I’ve barely scratched the surface with my own inabilities. And yet we all, in varying degrees, continue to compare ourselves, and our limited understanding, either consciously or unconsciously, with one another, and not focus on God, and His guidance, who has created us.

When God says that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, He isn’t kidding. I get glimpses of things now, because of God’s Word, that I didn’t necessarily always see before, the beauty of unselfish love, how grace and forgiveness works, the value and worth of collectively caring for one another etc. And there are those tastes of the totality of God’s love, and of course, the shallowness of much of humanity, where self is paramount and most roads that we travel lead to ourselves.

When Jesus said that He was the way, the truth and the life, He wasn’t kidding either. The contrast between how we think and reason and how God thinks and reasons is illustrated in everything that Jesus says. Every word is measured and every truth Jesus speaks clears the air. We think we are so intelligent and yet we are not. The truth is that we don’t even know how little we truly don’t know.

Jesus continually had to break it down for us, revealing in layers, expanding our comprehension. And God’s Word still does that today, if we but listen. We marvel at the signs and wonders but overlook the greatest gift of all, the witness and testimony of Jesus, the Son of God, of His Father and His love for us, who believe in Him and seek of His ways. And the means whereby God the Father expressed His love for us, through His Son. And Jesus Himself, being the way, the ultimate truth and the source of eternal life. God in the flesh, who walked among us. He who has seen Me has seen the Father, Jesus said. Who but Jesus could even dare to say such a thing?

The truth is, we don’t realize how lost we are without God’s direction and guidance, we don’t comprehend the difference between our Creator and His ways and thoughts and our own ways and thoughts. We all are indeed like lost sheep who have gone astray, yet far too many don’t even know it.

How many times did God tell us in both the Old and New Testaments, to be Holy like He is Holy, knowing full well that we, in and of ourselves, could never achieve the Holiness or righteousness that God is, on our own, without His Spirit, Himself, living in us. Jesus said that we must be born again. There’s no option there. Because I live, you shall also live, Jesus said. “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” The Apostle John said. This all fits together.

There is no greater truth, there is no greater understanding that we can comprehend to fulfill our need to be Holy, like God is Holy, and how He tells us to be, than the awareness and acknowledgement of who Jesus is and what He did on that cross for us, and our commitment to walk with Jesus daily. Jesus is the righteousness that God our Father provided for us, His righteousness being imputed to us is a gift, we cannot earn it nor do we deserve it. The righteousness of Jesus, and Him alone, makes us Holy in God’s sight. And when we begin to truly comprehend that, it should, increasingly over time, change literally everything else that we do, in our interactions with one another and especially with our relationship and dependency in God. And for all of us who believe and trust in Jesus, in and of ourselves, being totally inept, is actually an understatement. Jesus told us that without Him we could do nothing and He wasn’t kidding either. Correct me if I am wrong, but “nothing” sounds pretty inclusive. And if Jesus saw fit to wash the disciples feet, who are we to do otherwise.

I don’t know about you but this realization kind of puts a whole new perspective on how loving and forgiving one another, should work, when any of us fall short or are wronged. Confess your sin, ask forgiveness of those who you have transgressed and keep moving forwards towards the prize.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. This is why I am so comforted when I remind myself that I am just a sheep. They aren’t very smart, but the shepherd takes good care of them! I have printed Psalm 23 and posted it in my bathroom! Blessings, Bruce!

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    • I do the same thing, I remind the Lord of what He is dealing with when it comes to my comprehension and how I DESPERATELY need all the help I can get from Him. And as an added bonus, it also cuts down on any criticism from my end. Well, would you believe diminishes? How about “Few and far between?” Blessings Cindy, you’re one of the gems!

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    • Hi Mary, well you’re not alone there! Not to mention that it puts a lot of things in their proper perspective. You have yourself a blessed day Mary and thank you for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated.


  2. Life is ironic. The more we learn, that knowledge tells us there is way more to learn than we thought. The higher the skill set we obtain the more we discover we have only succeeded in being a beginner. I have often quipped that I should work on becoming so inept that I think I’ve happily arrived at perfection. Tis the human quandary. Yet the gospel shared is still one beggar telling another where to find bread.

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    • Hi Gary, isn’t that the truth. It’s funny how the older you get, the easier it is to say ‘I don’t know”. And I’m seriously thinking that there is an echo in this room! Blessings!

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