Yesterday I listened to Sunday’s sermon by Pastor Jody Ray. I was very touched and knew I wanted to remember the points so I made this visual. I was surprised to discover that one way of getting unstuck is to choose forgiveness. I have things to forgive that I don’t even know about…or maybe didn’t want to acknowledge as something I could choose to forgive.
My first thoughts of action when I am hurt or angry is to retreat…just walk away…close the door. I don’t want to work it out, go through more pain or worse yet, choose to forgive. That’s hard, and it takes a lot more time and energy than just walking away. But if it’s something worth keeping, then it’s worth working on. Dang it. I’ve been stuck in the middle. I haven’t shut the door, but I haven’t addressed some issues that are keeping me stuck. Not making changes means nothing changes. Dysfunction continues or worsens.
Getting unstuck means moving forward. It may mean choosing to forgive…others or even yourself. If you are stuck because of shame/regret of something in your past, we must be faithful and accept an incredible gift from God…..he does not remember.
As far as east is from west—
that’s how far God has removed our sin from us. Psalm 103:12
I’ve often heard the phrase “Be like Jesus” and although it’s a hard concept, it is something to visualize as we imagine Jesus in the flesh. But “Practice being God” which says the same thing sounds even harder and impossible. God is omnipotent….I can’t do that.
I can get myself in a tangled theological mess if I keep at it. Getting unstuck may mean choosing to forgive. If God can forgive AND forget our sins, so can we. I’m not perfect like God and I never will be. But that doesn’t mean I cannot strive to be like Him. God uses imperfect, simple things all the time for His purposes.
Forgiveness is hard and beginning to forgive is hard too. Let’s just keep it simple with “All things are possible with God” Matthew 19:26
Dear God, help me choose to forgive. Help me get out of the way and let you shine through me. I don’t know how to do it. Lord, have mercy. Amen.