Fearfully and wonderfully made!

Every once in a while, I look in the mirror and all I see are my flaws. Sometimes, I look at my choices and all I see are my mistakes.

Often, I spend too much time focusing on my sins. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m just like every other person but must ask — why do we do regularly reflect on the bad and never the good???
Yes, I have flaws. Still, I was created in the image of God!!!!! How unimportant are the things I worry about….lol…the grey hair (that is easily covered ;)), the wrinkles or cellulite, the tummy that won’t go away no matter how many carbs I avoid. God knows each and every aspect of me and what I would look like, and He made me this way for a reason. I might not be perfect in the eyes of this world but I am in His eyes, and that’s what I need to remember.

But my mistakes? There are so many of them. Making the wrong choices in school, taking the wrong classes, making the wrong friends, leaving a job I loved for a boy I thought I loved. Dating the wrong guys. Spending money I should have saved. The list is endless but each mistake along the way has made me who I am. How can those mistakes be bad when they brought me so much good??? How can they be bad when they made me the person I am today???
My sins could write a book. Maybe a crazy and wildly sensational novel….or maybe just a boring list, similar to so many other people’s lists. My sins don’t define me though. And this response regardless of how hard others try to attribute everything I did wrong against me. And you know why????
Because Jesus died on a cross for ME. He freed me from the bondage of my sin. He washed my sins away with the power of His precious blood. And you know what else????
When the world focuses on the bad, don’t let them make you forget the goodness and grace that Jesus has freely offered you. And when you can’t forget the bad….get on your knees and ask Jesus to take even those guilty memories away, because it was He who was tortured and as a consequence of who He was, we are healed and forgiven forever.
 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

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