Life is happening all around you.
I stumble and bumble and fumble every day. I say to much, to little or the wrong things often. I don’t do/do do the things I shouldn't/should regularly. I sin, have moments of moral compromise, mental collapses, mindset catastrophes more often that I mean to maintain. And after 50 years of trying I’m convinced I will never conquer these misdeeds until I put away this flesh. I imagine you are the same.
Thankfully, I continue to strive to “walk in the light” and therefore remember I “have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous” (1 John 1:7; 2:1-2). That is said not to dismiss my errors or to minimize them, but it is to allow God to do that through Jesus. I’m not perfect but I am striving to be faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).
All of that being true, I’ve got a big question for today:”What am I learning?” As you experience the ebb and flow of life, as you stumble, as you hurt and are hurt, as you speak and misspeak, as you face the thrills of joys and the slings of adversity - what do you learn? Are you facing the same flaws because you haven’t stood back and done a godly inventory of the event? Are you not enjoying life because you don’t consider the lessons learned that bring you to joy?
Often my question is not how painful was the event - that leads us to wallow in the mess - but what will I do when I face this or similar obstacles again? The question is not who can I share how horribly I was mistreated - but could I have handled this in a manner that might have lead to a different outcome? Not why’d they treat me that way - but is there anything about my approach to others that might help me do better? If I only get mired down in my own remorse for my sin I end up in depression and despair, of self-loathing - but if I approach it from a learning viewpoint I end up being better fit for a God who has already forgiven.
Life is happening all around you: What are you learning?