Today as I was enjoying my breakfast I was confronted with a piece of my past. Why does that sting so much? Makes me just wanna crawl back in bed and stay there. Memories flooding my mind and taking me back to a place that I never wanted to visit again. A place of shame. Guilt. Regret.
What do we do in these moments when you’re taken by surprise by your own actions?
Run? Hide? Deny?
I wanted to do all these things. Instead, I put my big girl chonies on and said “oh heck no, not today!”
I was reminded that I am forgiven. That I have a choice to do things differently. What once was is no longer. I can’t go back and undo what was done but I can do what I should’ve done then, today.
Gods mercies are new every morning and today I needed an extra dose. I got it in the form of a gentle soul who whispered grace to me. She reminded me of how far I’ve come. When all I saw was shame she saw me. She echoed the redeeming voice of God. No condemnation. No judgement.
Couldn’t we all use that?
Let me be that voice to you today. Let these words bring comfort to your heart. The Lord wants you to know…
- You are forgiven.
- You are not defined by your failures.
- You can choose today, right now, to go a different way.
- He will give you the grace to hold your head up high. No shame. No guilt. Just freedom.
Choose today to live in the freedom of his grace. He is kind. He is redeeming your past for his glory and your good! Now go and pass on his grace to someone who needs it!