only in jesus

“Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go.   Flood our souls with your spirit and life. 
Penetrate and possess our whole being, so utterly, that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. 
Shine through us, and be so in us, that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. 
Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus!  Stay with us, and then we shall begin to shine as you shine; so to shine as to be a light to others; the light O Jesus, will be all from you, none of it will be ours; it will be you, shining on others through us.  Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us.  Let us preach you without preaching, not by words, but by our example.  By the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our heart bears to you.  Amen.”

~Cardinal Newman’s Prayer

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Looking back I realize that Jesus didn’t just save me once all those years ago on the cross. No, He is still saving me, even now.

He saved me when I was struggling with addiction, drowning in sin and shame.
He saved me when I absolutely hated myself and wanted nothing more than to give up and be done with this life.
He saved me when I thought I was too far gone, too wretched to be saved.
He saved me when my heart and soul were as black as the night and cold to Him.
He saved me when I thought He had forsaken me.
He’s saved me, I’m sure, more than I even realize.

Don’t you see? Jesus is Savior, and Jesus is good. He’s the only way to the Father. He’s the only One truly capable of saving us-not our efforts, not our achievements, nor any cheap, temporary thrill this world offers can save us. Only Jesus.

And don’t you know, He’s so, so faithful? He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will never fail you. Even if you’re just that one, little, wandering sheep, He’ll seek you out, because you’re that precious to Him. You may think yourself too sinful, too dirty, too wretched, too far gone, too worthless; too this, too that.

But don’t you realize? He came into this world to save the sinner, the weak, the dirty, the wretched, the lost. He came to save you. Yes, you.

So, won’t you come to Him? Can you hear Him calling?

Come to Me, and be made new.