“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ~ Johnny Cash
I am by no means sharing this to say that we should go around doing really stupid things over & over with no regard for the weight of those decisions. What I am saying by sharing this is that we shouldn’t wade & wallow in shame. I am first to say I am guilty of that.
Being raised in an alcoholic home can sometimes produce an unhealthy need to always fix everything, to control, to appear perfect etc. All of which is futile & a joke. None of it is possible.
But dang, we can spend years-on-end in that rat-on-a-wheel existence can’t we? Well, at least I did anyway – maybe not you. And sometimes I’m still sorely tempted to re-visit those old places buried deep inside. But thank you God & hallelujah I am always quickly reminded that they are dead places & will not serve me well in the least – even though a strange comfort can be found in going back there.
It can feel scandalous & just plain wrong to walk away from the shame of a really bad decision. To forgive ourselves. To shake it off & get back up. But it isn’t wrong to do it. It isn’t.
Because. We. Are. Forgiven.
Just make it a goal, with God’s grace alongside, to get better. To make better decisions. To love ourselves more & drink in more of His love, most of all.
Because therein lies our freedom.
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