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Everywhere you look, the world is out to push and pull you into different habits, shapes, and personality. No matter what you do, though, it feels like you aren’t good enough. Sickening.
As a cheerful tour guide under overcast skies in the Netherlands got the attention of a group of tourists, she commented, “Women here are very proud of their housekeeping skills here. It rains four to five days a week, but you can see how these windows sparkle. They wash and polish the glass four times a week.” There was a sound among the group like air brakes on an 18-wheeler. It was a gasp mirroring the sound of guilt. Many of the women in the group felt tethered to the responsibility of clean windows. Many of them were probably trying to remember how long it had been since they swiped the windows with a quick splash of Windex and mopped it dry with a paper towel. Polish? Never. No time. How guilty can that make all of us and them feel?
Onto more suggestions for improvement:
Marcie considered this as she studied a magazine featuring the model who advised the reader to get in shape or else. Or else, what? Guilt with a capital G.
Marcie wasn’t exactly a couch potato, but like most of us, she always felt there was room for improvement. She read on. “Stretch, then begin a 15-minute warm up running two miles. Come back and do 25 push-ups. Do 55 leg lifts, then 55 sit-ups.” The author finished with the promise, “This routine for 10 days will give you a flat belly, tight legs, bottom and ban all that cellulite, too!” She looked as tight and sinewy as jerky and the athlete on the cover of Shape Magazine.
Push ups? Marcie thought she might be able to do one, then add another with a break in between. What about the time? I guess I can try between getting the kids off to school and fixing dinner for the family before leaving for work. Maybe I can work up to ten or so.
But Marcie’s problem with guilt wasn’t unique.
Guilt can pile up from other sources: regrets, bad choices, if onlys. Plenty of others words and thoughts plus our own thoughts will make that guilt feel very heavy indeed.
But God offers love and guilt-free living for all who accept Jesus, as the son of God himself.
You probably have this memorized by now:
Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Putting it into today’s terms:
While you are yet out of shape, God loves you, accepts you and sent his son in love to wipe the guilt away.
While you are not washing the windows often enough and never polishing them, God still loves you and sent his son to pardon you from guilt and any wrongdoing.
Celebrate Gods love for you and your guilt-free future. Keep growing spiritually! Enjoy a video preview of Jo’s book Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing. https://youtu.be/yJpcNgNKnUo
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including new release Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. https://goo.gl/qPMfaZ . Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]