Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ~ John 14:6
Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. ~ Matthew 16:24
The hard truth about following Christ is that we have to get to the end of ourselves before we can see Him fully alive in us -- and that doesn't come easy.
There is no perfect Christian, just believers who open their hands, release their grip, and allow God to take what doesn't belong and give back what isn't deserved - grace and forgiveness.
Some of us go to the ground kicking and screaming, while others queitly surrender. Both find life. Both find hope. If you are grinding it out right now, put your junk on the cross, and give it to God - and receive peace. (What does that look like? Ask.)
If you are living free and growing daily, be on the search for those around you who need to hear about God's grace. Pray for God to lead you to their doorstep. It's how we make it -- how we thrive!