Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blowing It

Year 5-Day 332: Today...I am grateful "blowing it" does not make us permanent failures. 

"God was a lot more concerned about people who faked it, than blew it. - Bob Goff

This is balm to my soul today. In this season when stress rises, time crunches and everything seems to move fast... sometimes, I blow it. 

Guess what? Failure isn't final. In fact, we can turn our failures into training grounds, if we simply examine and learn from what went wrong. 

Luke 18:9-14 is a quick passage that shows how displeased Jesus was with the arrogant prideful Pharisee who literally prayed, " ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! (vs.11) . Yet, it was the humble, repentant heart of the tax collector that moved the heart of the Saviour. "I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (vs, 14)

Our most precious and powerful gift is choice. To choose Him or refuse Him, is the decision each must make for themselves. Pride gets us in trouble. 

How easy it is to want to feel "a little superior" or "better than" someone else? In truth, at any given time, each one of us is only a few bad decisions from being in another's sad, unfortunate shoes. From grace to disgrace can be a pretty quick fall. Thank God his love and mercy is deep and his love is wide. 

Many used by God have histories of "blowing it". Moses, Jonah, David, Peter, Paul, John Mark, Rahab and so many more. How we manage the mess-ups matters. Do we admit our mistakes? Confession isn't just good for the soul, it is accountability. When we acknowledge we messed up, then he can begin a new thing in our lives. 

We can't fake it until we make it. We can blow it and still confidently know it is Jesus who makes all things new.  

Today...I am grateful "blowing it" does not make us permanent failures. 

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