One of the greatest pieces of advice I have received, came from my brother. I was going through a hard time, a time that had found me very broken. In all honesty, I was wrecked because of my life and all the bad choices I had made. I was also broken because of the bad choices others others had made, that affected me.
My brother had been listening to me for a while. I had been describing my brokenness and shame. Instead of pointing out how truth it all was, my brother said: “That doesn’t have to be your story anymore. You get to move on. Your story doesn’t have to define you.”
Your Story Doesn’t Define You
And so it is, friends. We make bad choices. Maybe we wander away from the Lord. We start drinking, hanging out at places we shouldn’t, hanging out with people we shouldn’t. We watch things or listen to things we know we should not. Or maybe we fall into that sin we have been falling into thousands of times. The one we swore we would never do again.
We are sinners by nature. So we make bad choices.
Sometimes, others make bad choices and those choices affect us. We are abused — sexually, emotionally or physically. A loved one leaves us without a notice. They fall in love with someone else. They fall into addiction.
Here is the thing, friend. Your story does not have to define you. You get to move on. You get to move on in your life, to make a new story. How is that possible? Because of Jesus’ work on the Cross. Because of God’s love for you. Maybe it sounds too easy. But it wasn’t easy for God. There is no such thing as free grace. This love cost God His everything — so that He could spend eternity with you.
So what your life is like right now? Doesn’t have to be your story for forever. Rather, you get to lean on Jesus now, and let Him wash away your sin. He washes you clean — white as snow, pure and spotless. Therefore you really get to move on. You can start again, with a new heart and a new story.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
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