Don’t Try So Hard (Take Five)

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Don’t Try So Hard (Take Five)

We try to serve God with our whole selves, and this is a good impulse. But sometimes it’s important to rest in the grace of God as we follow him, remembering that we cannot earn his love, no matter what we do. This week’s Take Five gives God glory for knowing more than we ever could and loving us beyond what we could ever deserve. Will you respond to his goodness?

“…while condemnation has been absorbed by Christ, conviction leads us toward life and intimacy with the Father. It is a gift from the Lord, shedding light on the dark places of our hearts where sin remains and beckoning us to respond in repentance.” Keep reading here. 

Watch “Don’t Try So Hard” here.

“Good deeds that reflect too much on themselves turn poisoned, of course, and we are to be unconscious enough of them to be like a left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” Finish the post here. 

“As a child, our son wants to get there, but he can’t imagine what that would be like. The very thought of being an adult scares him. There are too many unknown variables.


And then, I realize why God doesn’t tell us everything about our future. He lays out the vision of who we will be – people walking in a manner worthy of Christ, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Keep reading here. 

“We mean well. We do. No one can fault the energy and vision with which we dispatch our own good plans. In meaning well we hope to do good. And in doing good we hope to re-frame the world’s perception of Christians but in time, our mixing the temporal with the spiritual muddies the waters and the face of Christ loses its distinct features.” Finish the post here. 

Read an earlier Take 5 post here.

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Dani Nichols
Dani Nichols
Hi, I'm Dani. As managing editor of Trochia, my job is to edit all of our pieces and give our writers guidance with excellence, Biblical truth and gracious storytelling in mind. I love our mission and community here at Trochia and am so honored to work with this incredible team. I'm married to Adam and have beautiful baby girl, Adelay. We live in Oregon and enjoy kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and sharing good food with friends and family.
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  • Michael Banka
    June 21, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Humor. God is great fun AND very funny. One day, I was really tired; lots of long nights at work. Half-asleep one morning, I asked Him what His purposes were for me today. I kid you not, what I got back was, “Your tired. Take the day off. I got this.” I keep saying this, because its so true; Amazing God!

  • Linda Rizzo
    June 21, 2013 at 7:07 am


  • Celia Cordeiro
    June 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Yep!! He has such a good sense of humor!!

  • June 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Hi livefyre:
    There is so much to learn about God’s Grace. I read all I can to try and understand it. Your article on “Take Five” enlightened me and help me to understand it better. I Thank You and may God Bless your Ministry abundantly 

    • July 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

      @mobileshalom Hi Calvin, it is our desire to grow in our faith and understanding, and help others do the same.  So glad this post was helpful to you.  Thank you for sharing.  It encourages us to keep it up.
      Blessings to you,


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