Why Me?

February 1, 2018
by Dee Renaud

In 1972, Kris Kristofferson wrote the song, "Why Me?", which included these lyrics:

    Why me Lord?
    What have I ever done
    To deserve even one
    Of the pleasures I've known?
    Tell me Lord
    What did I ever do
    That was worth loving You
    Or the kindness You've shown?

Do you ever wonder why God chose you to hear His voice and to follow Him? I do.

Why me, Lord? What did I ever do? You know everything about me, and it's not all pretty.

John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (NIV)

Wikipedia recounts the story of how Kristofferson came to write the song:

    Kristofferson said he went with friends to the church service where he was moved by Larry Gatlin's song "Help Me (Lord)". He said that he had never thought of needing help, but he was at a low point in his life. When the pastor asked the congregation, "Is anybody feeling lost?" "Up goes my hand," Kristofferson says. The Pastor then asked, "Are you ready to accept Christ? Kneel down there." "I'm kneeling there," Kristofferson continues, "and I carry a big load of guilt around … and I was just out of control, crying. It was a release. It really shook me up."

Each one of us is invited to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, but we must be willing, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to make that decision.

No matter who we are.

No matter what we've done.

No matter where we've come from, we can choose to accept and to follow Jesus.

We all need God.

I have these words written in the front on my Bible:

    The best day is the day you see yourself for who you are — desperate without Christ. Then see yourself as He sees you — complete in Him.

The day that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour is the best day of our lives — the day we become complete in Him. Our natural response should be to say, "Thank You, Lord!"

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so grateful that we can come to You when we realize how much we need You and that You are ready and waiting. We can never repay You for all that You have done for us. Help us to be willing to follow You when we hear Your voice and to be Your witnesses to the world around us in all that we say and do and think. We pray this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Dee Renaud <deerenaud25@gmail.com>
Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Dee. Well done.


    So true, Dee. God bless.


    Amen. Beautifully written.


    Great message – well done!


    That is so encouraging. God speaks and if we answer, He takes on our load.


    Thanks for your writings. Very meaningful.
    (ON)


    Enjoyed this devotional Dee. Thanks for sharing.
    (Ontario)


    Dee – thank you for your ministry in writing this devotional. May God continue to bless you and your writing.


    This just came to mind after I returned to the meditation. When we find ourselves asking of God, “why me?” Try asking: “Why not me?” And see what changes.


    Thank you, Dee,
    It is so important to listen to that quiet voice and follow its leading.
    Thank you so much for this inspiring message.


    Hi Dee,
    Thanks for your devotional. That’s a song I often sing in the privacy of my car as I go about my day. Thanks for sharing it in this way! Blessings.


    Dee,
    Get to learn something new every day.
    Thanks,
    (CA)


    Dear Dee,
    A really blest and blessing devotional: Gospel as gospel truly is.
    Thank you.
    Keep writing.


    Thanks, Dee, for a very clear heartfelt and to the point message. From time to time I have thought of you and wondered when you would contribute again. I was happy to see your name affixed. Please continue to share.
    God bless you.


    Dear Dee, Thank you so much for this devotional today. It was exactly what I needed to see. It just figures, I suppose, that the Holy Spirit knew I needed to understand everything you wrote here. Just wanted to let you know how encouraging it was. God bless you for using the talent He gave you.


    Dee
    So good to see you on the Daily and to take on your message on how to reach out to Jesus for our salvation!
    Keep up the good work that our world needs to inject.
    God bless.


    Dee:
    I just read the devotional and was really surprised that it was you that had written it Thanks for doing this. It is a different take on Why Me Lord? that I hadn’t thought of. We usually say Why Me, Lord when something bad happens to us. Something for me to ponder.


    Hi Dee,
    I enjoyed and appreciated the devotional you submitted for this morning. Yes our Lord is always there for us regardless of what we are like, he knows all about us and ever waiting for us to seek Him.
    Blessings to you.
    (B.C.)


    Hi Dee – WOW, I was so excited about this devotional. I thought, boy someone else used the same questions as I sometimes do!
    Sometimes I try to guess who the author is. A wonderful surprise to see your name! It is so good to see you back doing your writing with the Holy Spirit! I really mean this because I believe this is one of your God given talents.


    Oh My goodness Dee,
    This was a really good devotional. Wow, and so true. I quite often wonder why God chose me also. The best day of my life was the day I accepted Jesus. It has been the best almost 25 yrs of my life. Thank you for sharing and I like this song also, been tempted to practice it and sing in church sometime.
    God bless.


    Thank you, Dee: what a proclamation of the gospel! Amen!
    Blessings,
    (BC)


    I found your message today about Kristofferson writing “Why Me Lord”.
    Stuart Hamblen wrote It Is No Secret, What God Can Do in 1950 after receiving Christ. Keep up your good work.

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