Often times, we beat ourselves up thinking that we aren’t quite good enough to start on the path back to church, or to follow Jesus Christ and do what He has asked us to do, and that if we just work on ourselves for a little while maybe we can get to a place where we will feel comfortable moving forward – but until then we say to ourselves – “I’m not quite sure that He (Jesus) is ready for me in my current state, He’s just still too disappointed in me” or “I’ve just made way too many mistakes, there is no way I could really be forgiven”. These thoughts could not be further from the truth. This is exactly what our common enemy wants us to think and feel. He would like us to think that we need to work it out on our own and improve before we can feel comfortable at church or partake of his blessings. This is untruth. With this in mind, I’d like to share a few quotes:
“The message is not just ‘come unto me’, but ‘come as you are’. He doesn’t say ‘go get your act together and then come back when you fit the mold’. He says ‘let’s start right where you are and go from there’”.
“He’s not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief”.
-Chieko N. Okazaki
“Because of him (Christ), we can rise above past problems, blot them out, and watch them die, if we are willing to have it so….The chance to change our past is at the heart of Christ’s greatest gift to us all”.
-Jeffrey R Holland
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you…and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matt. 11: 28-30
Let us not struggle against the only one that can heal us and make us better. Let us not resist the helping hand that is offered, because it is actually when we think we deserve it least that we likely need it most, and His hand is mighty and powerful and can heal us every one.