Anonymous asked: I screwed up pretty bad last night. You know that feeling when you’ve been doing “relatively” well (honestly I don’t know what that means anymore), and then BOOM, something happens and you find yourself right back where you started? I don’t know how to approach God because I’m part ashamed and part scared. I know that He loves every bit of me down to the last itty bitty bit of my DNA, but why is it so hard for me to love Him back? It’s pretty frustrating because I feel that there’s a certain standard that I have to live up to, you know? What happens to the kind of Christian that screws up?
Unka Glen answered: Finally a question I can answer from vast personal experience! You screwed up. You’re human, it happens to all of us. If you really want to put standards on your life, put a standard on how you respond to mistakes (as opposed to never making mistakes). You want to be a warrior princess? HERE is where that starts, by admitting your weaknesses… and living in God’s strength.
In Texas we have a saying, “ride ‘er till she bucks ya… then get right back on.” Like all of us, you will fall, but your fall doesn’t make you less of a Christian, it’s how you RESPOND to that fall that defines your Christianity.
It defines how you will share it with others as well. As Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” Sounds familiar, huh?
You know that God loves you, you know that His Word says that His mercies are new every day. You know that you are His child, and that He may be disappointed in your actions (heck you’re disappointed in your actions), but He is never ashamed to call you His daughter.
So will you live like you know those things are true, even as the dream of being Little Miss Perfect Christian is slowly dying? Or will you be so consumed by your disappointment in yourself, that you’ll allow yourself to be convinced that God is disappointed in you too?
This self-conviction and this self-condemnation and this attempt to live by a “standard” in your lifestyle is, if you think of it, kind of like a separate religion, in that it’s not based on what God says, so much as it’s based on what you feel.
If you’re failing at living out your made-up religious beliefs, why not ditch them, and go with, ya know, the real thing?
was seriously struggling and was like: “I need heeeelp”
then was like “why don’t I go to God? My perfect, awesome, loving Father?”
… “Why didn’t I think of that before?!”
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship[b] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.