Training Camp

Today’s reading in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is quite relatable:

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=16HeCC2vlUfrY0hyWVz0cUtLThC0KedDF

Sarah effectively lays out the reasons why I no longer need to regret my past mistakes. 

Not only because Romans 8:28 promises me that God uses it all for good… But also because my worst, most painful, mess-ups have given me the most useful gifts of empathy. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1LnsmyDTAOabAy1gjTLtalbPmYDflE2VN

They allow me to be curious instead of judgmental. 

They teach me to truly listen without interjecting my unsolicited thoughts or opinions. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Gsaxy93njl8hAqhKU-8Dc_eNNviBWk4D
These experiences provide a way for me to feel another’s pain and sit in it with them; 
praying with and for them in their deepest darkest moments of grief. 

Instead of continuously berating and mentally beating myself up with guilt and shame; I can choose to take these life lessons and be useful to a fellow human being. 

WOW, my GOD is good! 

In my 20/20 hindsight, I can site at least 3 specific examples in my life of considerable regrettable actions on my part that God has already used for good. 

I will refrain from doing so, as they are deeply personal and involve other people. Sure I could change the names to protect the “innocent”, but suffice it to say that I have had some “By the grace of God” experiences in my lifetime. 

The opportunities afforded me moving forward with this Romans 8:28 knowledge are limitless! 

It removes my doubts and fears and replaces them with a strengthened faith KNOWING my God is a promise keeper! 

To be clear,  this is not permission to purposely go out and make a bunch of mistakes (or intentionally commit sins.) 

But it is a powerful reason to do His Will without hesitation or fear of embarrassment, failure, or persecution! 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=15vvu6WMVlvWsYujpe8cJUbL2r7hAVs0Ohttps://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1rdZmct9X6SHLlp-R67SCnhlwt-ufzCl-

He has set me FREE!!! 

…Free from caring about likes, followers, subscribers, money, worldly success, status symbols, enhanced beauty procedures or products, or any other materialism. 

I used to want so badly to be one of “The Cool Kids” but in the power of NOW I realize that the coolest kids are the ones that don’t care what everyone else thinks!  They simply enjoy their God-given lives and all the valuable life lessons that come with this Training Camp for Eternity! 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1R32Y76iWSHGRUen_cRgCKFlCerKJvcTl


https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1lUT4KRCzZCLKcKvj7OgmlFTM4vPanAGv





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