from the inside out

      When you’ve tried really hard for a really long time to be good on your own steam, letting God do it instead (from the inside out) feels as light and fresh and surprising as daybreak.  

“Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us. . . .” Gerard Manley Hopkins (dayspring: daybreak; the first appearance of light)

“God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself giving you the desire and the energy. . . .” Philippians 2:13