If you could go back in time and change one thing, have one do-over, what would it be? Have you ever wondered?
I had several answers when I first thought about this question. My mind quickly recalled times when I said yes when I should have said no, or said no when I should have said yes, yada yada. My answers always involved someone else.
A lesson I am learning and trying to practice (God help me), is to stop pointing fingers, getting my feelings hurt, and shrinking back from the only person I can change… me.
In a spirit of thankfulness, I am reminded of Romans 8:28, and I have to thank God that He is true to His word. Instead of walking in regret I can hold my head up and learn from the past and not carry it into the future (or the present).
While it may be true that the past has formed us into who we are today, truer still is His grace and forgiveness can turn all the ashes into beauty, if we let Him. Healing and deliverance is found only through Him.
One thing I have learned, is to ask for help.
I have created many a mess by not asking for help. Pride and fear kept me silent. I was drowning with a smile on my face and the whole time I was saying, “I’m good, I’m fine, I got this under control.”
Here’s the thing about lessons; they are learned as an after affect, and sometimes experience can be an unforgiving tutor.
I think about the prodigal son and if he would have asked for help sooner, maybe he would have never had to be a connoisseur of pig slop.
There is safety in numbers. We are to surround ourselves with other Christian believers. The Father, who sent His Son to reconcile us to Him, is a Father of intimate relationship. Since He has gone through such great effort to restore us into fellowship with Him, we can trust and believe that relationship with His body is important. We were not created to be an island unto ourselves. We are not wounded animals to go off into isolation and die by ourselves. We were created in His image and likeness to be in communion with Him, through Him, and with others.
As I walk this out, and sometimes I may stumble, I am learning I am only responsible for myself, my own actions, and before my actions turn into reactions, ask for help.
What do you think? I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave a comment below.
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