The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl Rogers
Meditation: When we realize that we relate to others and ourselves in ways that are destructive instead of life-giving, we discover what sin is about. “Sin” based on the Jewish and Christian traditions means “missing the mark”. As an arrow misses the target, so our behavior misses the life promoting and life giving intentions of God. When we realize our “sin”, it is deeply comforting to know that God is patient with us. God knows why we have developed certain behaviors and ways of being. God waits. God is not about punishment, but about wanting us to change those behaviors that are destructive. Sometimes we need to find outside support to be able to change. Sometimes we need to find a deeper inner motivation to change. Sometimes we do not love ourselves enough to change. God knows that. God’s Spirit waits patiently until we are ready to listen to the unimaginable. Namely that God’s love and acceptance of us is real. God accepts us while we still “sin”, which means while we still “miss the mark” many, many times. Taking in God’s love can be a life changing, grace filled and liberating experience. It empowers us to first be able to accept ourselves – just as we are- and then also become able to make life-giving changes.
Prayer: Loving God, You know us. You know how we have become the person we are today. You know our shortcomings and also our shortfalls. You know when we miss the mark and You know why. Your intention for us is to become able to change and find healing and fullness of life. And we are grateful. Amen
God is not slow about keeping His promise as some people think. He is waiting for you. God does not want any person to be punished forever. He wants all people to be sorry for their sins and turn from them. 2. Peter 3:9