It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. -1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV)

Everyone has that one big mistake they wish they could do over in life. If you’re like me, you may have several big mistakes your mind sometimes revisits…or you’re reminded of by another person.

It’s very easy to wallow in defeat…to live in past errors. It’s easy to call yourself a screwup. It’s easy to think that everything you touch crumbles…that you’re poison.

Maybe you think you’ve made too many mistakes. Maybe the consequences of your mistakes are still happening now. Maybe even after God has changed you, after you’ve accepted Jesus and watched Him transform your heart, everyone has turned their back on you because they only see the old you’s mistakes.

You are not the screwup that you or anyone else says you are. As a child of God, you can stand tall, free and forgiven. And if you trust Him, now God will build you a backbone so you can walk upright and even boldly.

You can’t take back what’s been done, but you can pray that God may show you how He will use even your mistakes for the good of His children. As you walk…as you pray…look up at Him always, not across the choppy waves. Listen to Him, not the howling winds and scornful words.

He is all the strength and support we need. There’s no need to take back the past, but watch the great future God can atop it!

Today’s soundtrack

MercyMe’s “Greater” reminds us that, thanks to Jesus’ work, we are holy, righteous, and redeemed.