Most of these posts involve action. Go. Do. Take action.
Well, it’s not always about action, inspiration and impact. We’re human. And we fall.
“Lord… God… I have fallen. The haze is clearing only to reveal that my sin began much earlier than any actual deed I committed. Forgive me, guide me and protect my heart from evil. I’ve lost my way. Where do I go from here, Lord? What do I do?”
“Continue”, He says. The haze clears a bit more and I’m reminded of the laundry list of sinners and losers used by God and Christ.
- Noah got drunk.
- Abraham lied about his wife.
- Jacob was a deceiver.
- Moses murdered an Egyptian.
- Rahab was a harlot.
- Samson had serious problems with lust and anger.
- David was an adulterer.
- Paul persecuted the church.
- Peter denied Christ.
Their life experience, including their sin, made these people the kind who could be used effectively by Christ. Some of these acts we may be committing every day. Some of these acts are VERY serious. BUT, they all have one thing in common – they are forgiven. Now this is NOT a justification to do wrong. God knows our intentions and forgiveness is granted to the contrite heart that resolves to sin no more. However, what happens AFTER we fall is what’s most important.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
There’s good news. David was quite the sinner. Read Psalm 32 when you get a chance. It’s David expressing joy after receiving forgiveness.
God doesn’t keep score. (thank goodness) God is not interested in where we’ve been. God is only interested in what’s next.
And so we continue.
Well that was heavy and there weren’t any horses mentioned. So, let’s um… continue 😉
I start unbroke youngsters often. I used to love it. Actually, I still love it, it just hurts more than it used to 😉
Sometimes I can brush a horse and know the storm is coming. Sometimes I can catch a horse, brush him, saddle him and even ride him for a while and BAM it comes out of nowhere.
What’s surprising to so many folks is that it doesn’t concern me. Now, if it continues for weeks or months, then yes that will be slightly disconcerting 😉 But, a bucking young horse is just that…. young.
After 30 days, that guy is spinning a little, catching leads, tracking cattle and stopping. If someone asks me about him, that’s what I tell them. I don’t dwell on his first days. He’s a young horse. Some young horses pitch in the beginning.
Well, we are human. We fall. I can’t speak for God, but I doubt He’s very concerned by our fall – only by what we do next.