How would you fill in the blank:
If I had to do last year or last month or last week or yesterday or this morning again, I wouldn’t ____________________.
I received an email from a reader who said he’s made too many mistakes last month, and untangling the mess he’d made was sort of – impossible.
I know what it’s like to wonder if there’s any hope left, or if I’ve messed up one too many times. I know what it’s like to be cynical, convinced nothing great ever applies to me.
That’s why I like taking an hour or so each week to let go of the past and renew my faith in what God has for the week ahead.
Disappointment is part of life. We all have setbacks and experience times when we just don’t succeed. And sometimes, we flat out sin.
Even Joshua and the Israelites experienced this when trying to take territory they knew God had promised them (but failed because there was sin in the camp).
As we prepare to say goodbye to last week and enter another week, we need to determine if we are going to move on or settle into the spot where we’ve fallen.
Proverbs 24:16 says, “Even though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.”
In other words, what makes a person righteous is not perfection but perseverance.
Regardless of what happened… or didn’t… last week, yesterday or this morning, this week, today or this moment can be different.
There is something righteous about the person who, in faith, grasps the grace of God with both hands and tenaciously allows it to bring them to their feet again.
I can’t tell you how many times I have deliberately taken hold of this specific truth and instead of throwing in the towel, get back in the game.
If you need a fresh start, my very own W.I.S.E.R. Goal Achieving Framework might help. It is your chance to take an intentional step towards believing again. This is where we, as a community, support one another in saying, “I choose not to be defined by my past mistakes. His mercies are new and I’m grasping mercy, love, and grace.” (Shoot me an email if you would like a copy of this framework, iman (at) emmylouiman (dot) com.
Remember, God’s grace is perfected not in strength, but in WEAKNESS.
If you’re like me, that makes you a perfect candidate to discover the power of grace.