’ I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.’ Isaiah 44:22
I was a difficult child, for my parents, growing up. I was not a rule follower and compliance was not in my vocabulary. I had a very free spirit, was extremely independent and enjoyed pioneering my own path even though sometimes it spelled disaster.
As I got older, and wiser, things changed. But, from about the age of 10 until the age of 29 my behavior left my parents awake many nights and left them with a sense of failure within the bounds of parenting.
The day we left the doctor’s office with my dad’s diagnosis he looked over at me and told me I was his Ace. He was counting on me to pick up the baton and finish the race. Not an ounce of shame came from those lips. No disappointment. A wellspring of love and a metric ton of pride. I was his and that’s all that mattered.
I begin each day on my knees at the foot of the Cross asking God to pardon whatever I did the day before. I begin each day begging my Jesus to give me one more chance and to run another leg with me.
Be encouraged brothers and sisters. The blood on the Cross eradicated all units of measure. There is no longer a scorecard. There is no disappointment in His eyes. You are redeemed and you are His. And that’s all that matters.
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