This past year I have made a lot of mistakes. I do not think I am alone in that confession and if I am mistaken, you can stop reading because this does not apply to you.
The type of mistakes I am talking about is the mistakes that are sinful or caused some kind of sin after making the initial mistake. And by mistake I do not mean something that I did accidentally, without knowing the effects of the mistake before I chose to commit. I know the effect of the mistake I am going to make and often go on ahead without thinking of the impact it may have on my life, and the life of others.
We have an influence on others no matter what we think or try to do about it. Most of the time we do not think anyone is watching us, but they are, and those who may not be watching us, will still be impacted from our decisions made if they are involved.
This is the time of year when most everyone, takes a step back and asks themselves, “Where am I, and where am I going?” Anytime is a time for improving yourself, but the first thing to do is ask the question, “Where am I?” Every race has a starting point, every book has a chapter and every day begins with a new sun.
You will benefit yourself and others by asking yourself that very question and those who interact with you would appreciate the considerate attitude.
And most important of all, God would be proud of you for asking that question, because He says, “I love those who love me, and those who diligently seek me find me.” Proverbs 8:17 and “… seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
We can start making improvements once we are honest with ourselves and compare our current position with the position that God wants us to be in.
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Asking for forgiveness can be very difficult at times, but is rewarding (and essential) in the end, because of God’s forgiveness. And not only His forgiveness but His willingness to make us righteous in His eyes. He accepts those who ask forgiveness into a relationship with Him.
He is faithful and will forgive you, for anything you have done.
What more could a person ask for? To be seen as righteous in the eyes of the God that created us. That is complete acceptance. Complete comfort. Contentment.
And confidence, to start living the way He wants you to.
Everyone has room for a little self-improvement, especially in their relationship with God. If we want to start over the first thing we need to do is to think about where we are at this moment.