You are more and I don't mean more as in you've got some losing to do before swimsuit season.
A few weeks ago I heard You Are More by "Tenth Avenue North" on the radio and I knew I needed to look it up and hear it again so when I stopped at the red light I jotted the title down so I wouldn't forget before I got home. (I'm 40, it happens.)
You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade
Don't we all need to hear those words...and believe them? I know I do. I hear them and I say them and yet, sometimes...I don't remember they apply to me. I judge myself harshly, perhaps because there's a piece of me that judges others. I try not to but my heart isn't always as loving as it should be. And then I have one more thing to beat myself up about.
Being remade gives us an option to start fresh though. We can move beyond our choices and mistakes and problems. There still may be consequences, but we don't need to keep slogging through the muck, beating ourselves up. No matter what the consequences are, we have new opportunities to make different choices.
Our past does not need to define our future.
If you're driving down the road and you realize you've made a wrong turn, do you just keep driving because it's the direction you're heading even though it's not going to get you where you want to go? NO! You turn around (legally, please) and head in the proper direction. If you are lost you can consult your trusty GPS or ask for directions. In life you can consult a trusted friend, relative, pastor or counselor.
We are more than our choices and mistakes and problems. We are beautiful, amazing children of God. Don't let negative self-talk confine you to a path you don't want to be on.
I pray that we can each find our "right" path and move forward.
You are more...