“And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Tonight, I am reflecting on myself and realizing how flawed and human I truly am. Throughout my life, I have always been hard on myself, set the bar high, and expected a lot from myself. I’ve been a textbook people pleaser, and never like to make mistakes.
The funny thing about life is that no matter how we may strive to be superhero, super human, special creatures who make no mistakes, we all fall short sometimes. Life is humbling, and it isn’t always a comfortable experience. We all mess up, fail, become angry, sinful, and have flaws.
Through my humbling experiences, I find myself so much closer to God and so close to His grace I can taste it. Grace was always just a word that I knew, but didn’t truly experience. Now, through many times of trial and error, falling short, and stumbling when I thought I had it all together, I can say that I have experienced the goodness of God first hand and it is so good.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
I suppose my reason for telling you all of this is so that you might have some grace for yourself. I’m very hard on myself, but when I realize that the God of the universe could redeem me, I must learn to forgive myself.
In our world, we don’t always see the kind of love that keeps “no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5). However, God’s love is the real deal. He isn’t writing down and keeping track of every mistake, each fumble, and every little unintentional “oops.” His love is genuine and full of grace.
When you fall, God doesn’t condemn you. He reaches down with a helping hand to pull you back up so that you can continue on the amazing journey He has for you.
The reason I posted the silly photo at the top of me on a scooter is because in that moment, I was all smiles. Filled with joy, freedom, and grace. That is the kind of life we get through Christ.
While we will always be growing and learning, we will also always be human. No getting around it. Have grace on yourself today, and I will try to do the same 🙂