- When dishes are strewn about the kitchen because I was too tired to clean up the night before.
- When impatient words have already left my mouth
- When I don't feel like teaching the kids
- When children are arguing and I argue right along with them
- When laundry is overflowing and I sigh in defeat
- When the dog has an “accident” and I start to fume
- When the bathrooms REALLY need to be cleaned but I just don’t do it
- When It’s evening and I can’t remember if I brushed my teeth
- When I just want to be left alone
On these days I’m tempted to throw a pity party followed by guit. But shame on me! Christ already suffered for all of my sins. These sins! Feeling sorry for myself makes light of his suffering and gift.
All my “boo-hooing” needs to be beaten down and it’s at the cross that this happens. At the hands of the wicked men Jesus was brutally whipped for guilt such as mine. On the way to Golgotha Jesus drug his own cross on his bruised body for my pity parties. On the cross Jesus saved me from these sins and gave me freedom.
I do not need to beat myself up because Christ already took the beating for me.
It’s a new day and my Savior tells me to look to the cross and find rest there.
To look to his word for guidance.
To look to the Holy Spirit for conviction
To look to Jesus for strength to do better today.
So now I need to follow Elisabeth Elliot’s advice and “do the next thing”.