We are not our pasts. We are not what people think of us. We are God’s children.
I love Netflix. 🙂 I’ve been grading papers all afternoon/evening, and in between I can have 20 minutes of fun watching TV sitcoms on instant stream. It really breaks up the monotony. Today I began a series called ‘Samantha Who?’, which follows the hilarious and awkward life of a woman who wakes up from an 8 day coma and has retrograde amnesia (she can’t remember her past). She slowly finds out that she led her life up until now in a hugely self-centered and thoughtless manner. Now she has to deal with the financial and social consequences of the ‘bad Sam’ while she as ‘good Sam’ tries to start a new life.
In many ways being a Christian is like this. We know that we are supposed to strive for perfection as God’s children. We also know that none of us will ever be perfect down here. God made it this way for a purpose. He has forgiven us of our sins, so He does not want us to think we ARE what we have done wrong. At the same time, we still have to deal with the consequences of our past wrongs and current tendencies. I don’t know about you but I can really relate to the plight of ‘Sam’, in that I want a fresh start–every day.
I thank you all for sticking with me as I learn from my mistakes and grow. I also love your for letting me be me when I make decisions you may or may not agree with. This is LOVE–the only perfect thing we can have here.
So… the moral of this story (by story I mean over thinking a superficial comedic sitcom), is that we are not our mistakes or tendencies. We are God’s children, and we need love to get through.
Consider this verse:
1 John 4:18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.
Who else is ready to experience His love fully? I think we all need to in order to put our pasts behind us. Love to all!