A few years ago, my friend and I both had a baby within 2 weeks of each other.
Soon after, my friend started eating really healthy and took up running. Her extra pregnancy weight melted right off.
Me, on the other hand, not so much. :/
As I watched my friend lose pound after pound, I felt like a failure. And when my friend hit the ‘30 pound’ weight loss mark, I assumed her life must now be perfect.
How can she have stress when she was fitting in her old “pre-baby” pants again?
What could be wrong when she just ran a ½ marathon?
I even convinced myself she probably didn’t want to be friends with a Diet Coke drinking, latte loving, non-runner like me.
Imagine my surprise when I ran into my girlfriend "randomly" one day. After the small talk, I asked her she was doing….really. She shared through tears how painful the last few months had been. She lost her mom to cancer. Financially things were strained. Her husband recently moved out and had filed for divorce.
I felt like a heel.
During one of my friend's darkest times, I wasn’t a light or a beacon of hope. I didn’t see her pain right before my eyes. Why? Rather than reflecting Christ, I was blinded by my own selfish, self absorbed thinking.
Have you "blown it" lately?
Do you need a fresh measure of His grace, unconditional love, and forgiveness??
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us... (Ephesians 1:7-8)
Maybe you've also hurt a close friend? A spouse? A loved one?
Perhaps the anger and frustration you've been stuffing has been "bubbling out" on those closest to you...and you've turned into a "mad mom" who is ready to lose it...
Or maybe the pain and suffering you've been experiencing is just too much for you to bear anymore...
"Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you're beyond the need of God's grace.”
May we all experience the unconditional, unfailing love and grace that God desires to lavish on us today....
P.S. I'll share more tomorrow how I'm making changes so (Lord willing) I don't make this same mistake again....