"Some days, doing 'the best that we can' may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect--on any front--and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else." --Fred Rogers I've been reading a fantastic book called The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll. One of my main struggles is with legalism. As I've grown older, I've gotten better about extending God's grace to others, but somehow I've left myself out of the bounty. Phil 2:12-13 says, " Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. " What does it mean to "work out" your salvation? It doesn't say that we "work for" our salvation. Salvation is a free gift, but it is a gift that is both instant and progressive. I am saved at the moment that I submit my life to Jesus, but I am also a work in progress. I am joining with God to be made more like Him, however I'm definitely not there yet. That means that some days "I'm doing the best I can" just means that even though I've fallen short, I'm in process. It's not an excuse to not move forward, but it is a place to rest. I'm thankful for that truth.