All last week we looked at the frailties of being a human, with the idea of not letting them lower our perception of self worth. Now in those frailties, do we sometimes do bad things that we have to stop? Absolutely. Do we sometimes need to make amends? Yes.
I was addicted to crystal meth. To say, “well that’s just part of being human” would be stupid. There are some behaviors that we have to just stop. I had to quit the meth or it would have destroyed my life.
Everyone is allowed one vice. So mine now is Dr Pepper. And Cherry Garcia ice cream. Alright, so you get two. The key is knowing a vice, bad habit, or action that is less than perfect – versus one that will actually do you or others serious, irreparable harm.
Like you, I’ve had petty, jealous, or stupid thoughts. It’s all in the game, yo. But you and I have also done horrible things. Things that aren’t acceptable and we need to make right and apologize for.
And sometimes it seems you can’t make them right. Or pay someone back. But you can pay them forward. Forgive yourself and move on.
As you know, I’m not a big fan of organized religion, believing it keeps millions of people in the bondage of entitlement, victim-hood, and limiting beliefs. And Christianity is as guilty as any of them. But Christianity has one very unique thing that no other religion I’ve studied offers: Grace.
And Christians haven’t cornered the market on grace. Don’t fall into the label trap. God, nature, Infinite Intelligence, or whatever force you believe in has given us an unearned present. That gift is grace.
You don’t have to earn your worth. You just have to reach in and claim it. That is the gift of grace.
Please know this…
You live in the world created by your mind. Your rapture and joy, your sorrow and pain, all are your own creations. They’re dependent on your perceptions and core beliefs for their very existence.
Most people live in a world of darkness. But there is another world, bathed in the light of love. You can live in this world if you choose, by the virtue of grace. The rent to live there is forgiveness, self-discipline, and accepting your worth.
Forget everything you think you are, and stand in the light of who you really are.
So say we all…