How long will you cling to your failures?
How long will you beat yourself up for the mistakes you’ve made?
How long will you hide yourself away from being loved?
How long will you hold on to the heartaches of the past, not allowing yourself to heal?
When will you finally let go of the control you don’t have over your life?
When will you surrender your heart to the One who created it?
When will you ask for forgiveness and allow yourself to be forgiven?
Is today the day?
You tell yourself, “I’m not good enough; not strong enough. I don’t have the faith; the courage; the ability to change; fill in the blank….”
“How could God still love me? Why would he, when I can’t even love myself?”
You push God away, thinking there could be no way, not for you at least. Not today. Maybe one day when you finally get it together. Maybe after you become a better person or when your life starts to head in the ‘right’ direction. Maybe for someone else, who isn’t as screwed up as you….
He could love the worst of the worst, yet you think you’re worse than that.
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Beloved, if you find yourself in this place, don’t wait another day. Don’t fool yourself into believing that somehow things will get better, or that you can fix whatever mess you find yourself in. You don’t have to carry your burdens any longer (whether they be sin, guilt, shame, loneliness, worry, doubt, etc.).
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, he died for you – for your sins and for the sins of the world.
When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, it was for you – to give you life; to give you hope; so that you could be forgiven.
And so that you could really live, no longer for yourself, but rather for His joy and glory.
So how long?
All you have to do is ask Him – for whatever it is you’re needing. But along with that, you have to be willing to surrender – whatever you’re holding on to (your dreams, your failures, your future, your relationships, your whole life) – to your Faithful Creator.
Is today the day? We aren’t promised tomorrow.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.