Life Is Messy
Up To Know Good
September 07, 2007
I had an epiphany during a diaper change when Kira was about two months old. As cleaned her up, I paused for a moment to look in her eyes. Innocent and content, I noticed that she wasn't sorry for the large, smelly mess she'd made. It struck me that she didn't have anything to regret - she was simply being human.
What would happen, I wonder, if I stopped apologizing for every mess I made? I don't mean not asking for forgiveness when necessary. I'm talking about not punishing myself for having a cluttered house or arriving a few minutes late or not cooking like Martha Stewart.
What if I also stopped feeling guilty about past messes - especially the ones that needed to be forgiven? I admit that have wasted a lot of time getting down on myself about my imperfect human nature. Now I'm ready to take a lesson from my daughter. Apologize when I've wronged someone, but don't worry about the everyday messes that are simply a part of life.
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," Romans 8:1. Click here to read more encouragement from St. Paul.
To Know Good, is to know that God loves us just as we are. When we believe that, we are free to Do Good, and that makes us really Feel Good! May we find freedom in our messy humanness and not let our imperfections stop us from seeing opportunities to Do Good this weekend!
Know Good. Do Good. Feel Good.
I pray that you have a great day as you experience and express God's love in fresh, real ways!
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