This morning, as I was sitting in the drive-thru at Starbucks, I was not in a really great place with my thinking. The anger had subsided and all I could think about was regret.
I regretted something that I feel wasn’t a regret at all, but it has caused a lot of pain and I wondered if the pain was really even worth it.
It’s not really important what this thing is because I am sure that my heart was just in the wrong place and it wasn’t a true regret. Even if it was a mistake, I know that God will use it for His good because He has already begun to do so.
So as I was just lost in my thoughts that only seemed to spiral downward and out of control, I looked down into the handle of my door and saw a random acts of kindness card. I picked up the card and just decided to go ahead and pay for the person behind me and I would give that person the card.
The moment I decided to GIVE, my thoughts began to change. It. Was. A. Miracle.
All I could start thinking about was how instead of sitting in heaven thinking about how much God regretted even creating us, God GAVE.
In that giving His heart has now been bent on grace & mercy.
The other day I was reading a devotional by Oswald Chambers and he talked about how we have already been forgiven, but repentance is what makes us Holy.
If you ever question if God really loves you or forgives you then you can be reassured that he already has. Salvation is a FREE gift from God through the blood of Jesus. Repentance is our way of accepting that gift.
What would have happened if the person behind me didn’t accept the gift I had given them? I mean I had already paid for their order and driven off, all they had to do was take the drink and leave. But what if they absolutely refused to take the drink I had purchased for them?
Honestly, I would never know whether or not they accepted my gift, but if they turned their nose up at it then I guess that would be their choice, and their loss.
That’s where we are at when we stand at the threshold of our life, and a life made perfect and holy by the blood of Jesus, we can either accept that gift or turn away from it.
I guess in that moment when I was wallowing in my own regret, I turned to God instead. Giving is one of the simplest ways we can align our hearts with The Father because in His pain He GAVE His one and only Son!
He truly gives GOOD GIFTS!
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