For the last seven weeks I’ve participated in Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five-Minute Friday” (you can find all my Five Minute Friday posts in the ‘related posts’ at the bottom). The concept is simple:
Write for 5 minutes, straight from the heart, on a given subject – and then share it.
No edits, no marinading or reflecting – just write and share.
If you’re a writer or blogger, I’d heartedly recommend it – it really challenges and helps you grow as a writer. It’s most definitely helped me.
The topics which Lisa-Jo comes up with each week have a funny way of calling out something God has been doing in my life that week, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. It’s strange that way – and it’s one reason I love it.
Today’s theme is ‘Comfort’. I hope you like the post, and please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. So here goes:
When you’re a Christian, it’s very easy to get a particular image of God. A God who is simply waiting to punish us, holding on to catch us out. So when we inevitably screw up – which, let’s face it, we all do – it’s easy to go beyond taking responsibility and to punish ourselves. I’ve done this many a time.
Been convicted of something I’ve done wrong, then punished myself. It’s not done any good. All it’s done is made the issue worse. Instead of actually dealing with the issue, I’ve become depressed, negative and lost all confidence. And that’s not condusive to growth.
What we’re called to do is take responsibility for our dark side, and commit to positive change.
We aren’t called to punish ourselves. We aren’t called to judge ourselves. And God isn’t sitting there waiting to punish us. He’s sitting there waiting to love us. Forgive us. Comfort us. And transform us.
We simply need to own the truth about ourselves and our actions. Then, choose to live differently.
We need to understand the grace of Continue Reading…