Confessions of a Peace Lover...

Thought for today: my kids are not perfect…and neither are their parents…BUT they have a Heavenly Father who loves them perfectly even in the midst of imperfection.

I suspect the same could be said of your kids.

I know it was true for my parents.

Years ago a friend told me “good kids still make bad choices”. Yup, I know this to be true…firsthand…because I was a pretty good kid.  Our world has changed since then but the words remain true, “good kids still make bad choices”. Unfortunately for our precious children bad choices are even closer at hand today then when I was that pretty good kid.

So many opportunities for regret – and not just for kids – opportunities for regret are readily available with no barrier to age, race, or religion. Our bad choices result in messy situations. Some messes are right out there for the world to see; while others are hidden away in places that only we are aware of – at least that’s the lie the evil one would have us believe. We often try to play the blame game as to why we made that choice, “it’s not my fault” becomes our default answer. And sometimes we even like to blame it on all the available technology, but lets face it sin isn’t dependent on the internet.

God’s word tells us if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves (note* it doesn’t say we deceive others, it says we deceive ourselves) and we call God a liar in the process – but if we confess our sin He is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all that we’ve done wrong. (1 John 1:8-10, Beth Version) Or as The Message puts it:  If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.

Here’s a thought:  Perhaps we need to stop looking at and for the bad choices (ie wrongdoing) others have chosen and start asking God to show us how our own choices are impacting our relationship with Him.

‘Cause when it all comes down it is so much less about the choice and so much more about the heart that made that choice.

Today I am thankful that we all have a perfect Heavenly Father who loves us in the midst of our mess – no matter if it is public or hidden – oh Lord, keep me focused on You, and help me to see the messes of life through Your eyes. Break my heart for what breaks Yours.

 

 

Beth Beechy

Beth Beechy lives in Amish Country, Ohio. Marrying her high school sweetheart in 1983 has resulted in a home filled with five great kids, a wonderful son-in-law, AND an adorable grandson! Still a “mostly” stay-at-home mom, Beth enjoys being available for her family, friends, and ministry.

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