Better Than I Deserve (Downloadable)
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This quote is lettered in Chancery Cursive, with the phrase "BETTER THAN I DESERVE" in Simple Roman capitals. The supporting Scriptures above and below are lettered in Fraktur. Red is used to describe the "worst thing" phrase. The background is somewhat mottled with random specks to give an impression of rough times.
Story Behind the Art
I now can relate with other pastors in the difficulties they go through in their churches. Several years ago, I went through an excruciatingly painful experience at our church. I had sacrificed and done everything I could think of to remedy the situation, but to no avail. At one point I remember thinking, "I don't deserve this!" The Holy Spirit brought to my mind several Scriptures and a statement from David Ramsey to counter such a thought. What I had thought was a huge lie! I actually deserve worse than what I was experiencing. I deserve Hell - eternal separation from God in torment for eternity because of my sin and rebellion against the thrice holy God. The Scriptural truths pulled the plug to drain bitterness that was creeping into my heart, and replaced it with deep gratitude for God's love and redemption as shown through His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In retrospect, I have always grown so much more through the difficult times than through the easy times. He is good all the time!
Quote: The worst thing that could happen to me today is better than I deserve.
Psalm 103:10-11 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.