We all have “bad stuff” in our lives, and we can deal with it in several different ways. We can hide it and pretend we’re perfect. However, this leads to a long-term, deadly growth of internal guilt and shame that festers in our hearts, often making us mean and judgmental toward others. It can also create a tendency to hide from certain friends or family, and avoid church, Christians, and even God. We can share it openly at the risk of being judged and thought less of, but this leaves us vulnerable to hurt and broken friendships. Or, we can confess it to God and admit our weaknesses. We can pray for the grace and love of Jesus to set us free from the guilt and the pain.
That last sentence sounds great, and we can nod our heads with an amen. However, why is the better choice always the one we avoid or possible put off until it is too late? When you and I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we have the power to rise above. We are blessed with the opportunity to see things through a lens of Truth. We get to embrace the power of hope when, from a worldly outlook, things look hopeless. We have the energy of faith, knowing that God is at work even when we can’t see what He’s doing.
I encourage you today, dear Mom, don’t procrastinate another moment. If you feel a simple nudge to make a phone call, send a text or mail a card – DO IT! There is great freedom that awaits your soul when obedience to God is more important than your fickle feelings. His grace gets us through the “bad stuff,” and that other “nasty stuff” that tries to take root in our hearts will be a distant memory. Stay strong, dear Mom, you are a conqueror!
Be Real ~ Be You!