In answer to your first — and not your last — question, I would have to say that NONE of us is where we “should” be except Christ. That is, as you indicated, we could ALL be at least a little further ahead if we were always making correct choices.
I agree that, thanks to God’s mercy, we can and do gain much from all our choices, good and bad. I commend those who see the positive side and say their poor choices have made them better, but if we are truly trying to be humble, we recognize the truth you stated: we are certainly much better off making good choices.
Amy | Email | Homepage | 09.03.04 – 12:58 am | #
My line of thinking in such situations has become “I wish I could have learned these lessons without making the choices I did.” If we’re grateful for making poor choices, then we haven’t truly repented for making those choices.
Bret | Email | Homepage | 09.03.04 – 12:58 pm | #
I don’t know if anyone is “grateful” for making poor choices, rather I think we are gratful for what we have learned from the consequences of those choices. Nonetheless, I agree that if we don’t recognize it as a poor choice, then we will continue to “learn the hard way.”
Rusty | Email | Homepage | 09.03.04 – 2:57 pm | #
I believe to be grateful for the fact that God has helped me, even though I made the poor choice, and he has put me where I am today. As well, he has helped develop me into the person that I am and I am content in who I am today. As Bret said, “If we’re grateful for making poor choices, then we haven’t truly repented for making those choices.” We are not grateful for the poor choice but that we feel the good now, and the strength now, and THAT is what brought us to become the “better” person. There is nothing to gain in the “self-hate” or “self-pity” of looking back in our lives and wishing things could’ve changed or we could’ve done things “better”.
Bryce | Email | Homepage | 09.13.04 – 3:46 pm | #
As I see the constant rise in depression in the members of our church, I also see the constant loss of self-worth due to this sense of failure. I see it as we have been “cut” by the trails. The wound will heal if you take the right steps, and the scar left behind can also be lessened with the right applications. Too many of us begin to pick at the scars left on our body, and hide them, shame them, and never allow them to fully heal over, making for a wound that can be reopened with the right pressures. I teach people, as well as my self, to be proud of our marks. To wear them as “battle scars” of these times, and that it is a sign the Lord has stayed with us and has helped us over come, even in our lowest of times.
Too oft I feel we are in need of His comfort, and to gain such a thing we must be content in the choices we have made, and the things of our pasts, have put us where we are, and THAT person, even though we have made these “poor choice”, the Lord will still love.
Bryce | Email | Homepage | 09.13.04 – 3:46 pm |