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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why I Can Get Out of Bed in the Mornings

Which helps you most with present troubles: Remembering God's actions in the past? Or claiming God's promises for the future? Why? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 790).

My soul not infrequently cries out for the foolish things I do. Sometimes I wish I could take them back and expunge all memory of them. But sometimes looking back I see that my foolishness has resulted in growth and maturity. And this is not mere rationalization. Sometimes good things do in fact arise from unpromising situations. Since this was in no way planned or foreseen by me, I consider these redemptive acts of God. I am thankful for them and mystified that such poor ingredients have resulted in positive consequences. It is not an exaggeration to say that the negative is transmuted into something positive and productive. It is for this reason that I have learned to accept my failings and not deny or reject them. It is like a beautiful child has been born out of a foolish and immature sexual encounter and the parents, humbled by the miraculous outcome, assume full responsibility for the nurturing of a child in a stable relationship. I come to see, in the end, that tragedy is not the inevitable outcome of my limitations and weaknesses. However humbling and embarrassing, they are redeemable through the grace of God. Over time this builds trust not only in God, but in my ability to make a positive contribution despite myself. I do my best and trust God to make any necessary amends on the rebound.

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