When I feel frozen in my failure, I just try to imagine my Father running down the road to meet me. I look in his eyes—brimming with acceptance—and remember that it isn’t about my failures, it is about His love. It is about being God’s beloved daughter, who is always welcome Home. – Sandi Patty
Have you ever felt frozen in your failure? Boy I sure have. It’s a miserable, uncomfortable feeling, especially when you start to believe other people’s assessment of the situation. When you begin to believe the popular opinion that nothing will ever be right again because you have messed up so badly.
I was very close to shutting this blog down permanently because I came under some harsh criticism about it. Personal attacks concerning my ability to write and the lack of interest I apparently generate left me crushed and ready to quit. I felt frozen in fear when it was time to write again. I want to grow thicker skin – I’ve asked God to help me. I don’t understand how we can be commanded to be tenderhearted, yet need thick skin at the same time. And what of these tender hearts of ours? We are to guard them.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. – Proverbs 4:23
God provided a wonderful boost to my self-esteem. I was shown a comment that turned everything around. You know, God is never early but He is certainly never too late. His timing and His provision, be it physical, mental or whatever – is perfect!
I also saw this posted on facebook yesterday – and I will probably never forget it:
You will never please everyone – you are not pizza!
Well, doesn’t that just about say it all? Even though I’m not pizza, I hope something I write blesses your heart or helps you along in life. We are here to help one another I believe, in any way we can.
Have you felt frozen in fear after a failure, mistake or sin? You don’t have to feel that way forever because that’s not how God wants us to feel. He wants to help us get back to feeling happy and free in Him. God knows we won’t get it right every time, but we don’t have to live life frozen in fear.
There is an answer for failures, mistakes and sins – His name is Jesus. Pray to Him today and ask Him to help you. He knows what you need and will provide just the right balm to your sad and aching heart, sad with grief.
Keep going. Keep doing what God has called you to do. The only one who can tell you to quit is God – don’t let people get you down and keep you frozen in fear. Wink! 😉