Note to self…
It is amazing how experiences can define us, how circumstances can shape us.
For example, there are two possible responses to a negative experience. It can either bring me to a standstill or propel me forward.
Either way, it is a catalyst for change.
Similarly, a postive experience may inspire me or intimidate me. Weird huh?
Sociologists and psychologists tell us how our experiences, good or bad, all help to form who we are and the choices we make etc.
Here’s the thing though; experiencing Jesus can minimize (even eventually cancel out) those undesirable effects. We are told, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
In time, being called ugly as a child loses its grip on me when I ponder, “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalms 139:14
Having an absentee father doesn’t have the usual impact when I meditate on, “My father and mother may abandon me, but the Lord will take care of me.” Psalm 27:10
The scorn I receive from society for my checkered past is nullified when I consider, “…where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more.” Romans 5:20
I can choose to be paralyzed by my past, or I can live a grace-filled life, abundant and free, as God intended. “…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Is the process always easy?
It is not my intention to minimize the pain and subsequent impact of people’s experiences on their lives. Yet, “…with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
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