"You're such a good person."

[completely unrelated to the post, everyone, meet Maribel & her sweet dimples]
I TOTALLYYY realize that the people who say this mean it in the nicest, most sincere way possible. But, to be completely honest, this is probably my least favorite thing people say to me (& my friends) when we get back from Nicaragua. Why? Well, because good people don't need Jesus. That is, good people can be their own savior. Good people don't need the cross because good people don't sin. & good people don't need to hear (or share) the Good News, because their "good news" is that they are, & can do, good all on their own.

I don't know about you, but I know in the depths of my heart that there is NOTHING good in me. Because, truth be told, I don't go to Nica out of the kindness of my heart. I don't go because I think I can fix them. I don't go because I think they need me. I go to Nica because Jesus has commanded me. I go because the Lord first came to me, not detoured by my brokenness or rebellion, but instead fully loved & accepted me just as I was, spiritually naked & drowning in my sin. I go because this love is too great to keep to myself. Jesus alone is the reason I've gone to Nica & Jesus alone is the reason I will continue to go back. 

There is nothing good in me apart from Christ. & I don't know about you, but I desperately need Jesus.


Chantel Klassen said...

So true Riley! We've had many people (usually strangers) say the same thing to us when they find out we are adopting, it's always felt awkward, what do you say to that? Absolutely love what you've written here!

Gennean said...

Amen, amen. Thanks for sharing this, Rylie.

Javed said...

“You really know your stuff... Keep up the good work!”
ld hardas