I posted this 3 years ago but thought it worthy of sharing again….. There’s a powerful lesson here and I needed to read it again…Maybe you do, too.
I hope you have a blessed Sunday!
Behold I make all things new. That is an amazing truth in the Bible. The truth that when a person accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal savior…all the things we ever did in the past are completely forgiven. And we become a new creation.
The old is passed away and we are a new, totally forgiven person. While some of us….all of us….continue to make mistakes and sin against ourselves, others and God, it’s comforting to know that along with our salvation comes the right to approach God for forgiveness.
I was confronted last week with the realization that I had been less than forgiving of someone I ran into from my past. I hadn’t seen this man for years but I knew back then that he had been horrible to his wife. Abusive. Horribly abusive. He had done things, that in my opinion, were absolutley unforgivable and inexcusable!
And when I saw him, I was visiting a church and he was leading the singing! Honestly, I just couldn’t believe he had the nerve to even accept such an honorable position! IN A CHURCH no less! This came to my mind several times over the past few months and I continued to be apalled.
And last week it suddenly hit me. I’ve done things that were wrong. I knew better and yet in moments of weakness gave in to sin. Things I’m ashamed of. And I have asked the Lord to forgive me of my transgressions and I know He has.
And yet, people who know of my sin may not know that I have repented of them and been forgiven. They may even look at me and think who does she think she is? Just as I was doing this man! Oh my goodness.
That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks. The truth is, that man has obviously repented and here a I am judging him. I’m not privy to his heart nor his most personal life. Just as others are not privy to mine.
The revelation I recieved from all of this is that, we are not to judge others. I know I am stating the obvious, but how easy it is to see someone and think back to what they were back then….when we don’t know what the Lord has brought them through and to.
In fact, to be Christians we are to extend MERCY to others because we ourselves are in such dire need of it. So, I repented. I asked the Lord to forgive my arrogance and pride.
I understand the apostle Paul’s heartfelt cry when he said he was the chiefest of all sinners! I can so relate. I know I’m in need of his mercy and therfore I must extend it to everyone, even to those whose hearts I know not.
Oh, but this post is about a lamp…my little new creation…. It in no way compares to God’s gift to us when we are saved. But in some small way it shows how we have so much potential to be so much more than the people who ‘knew us before’ could ever have imagined.
I hope you get my drift….
This is the lamp I found in an old thrift shop. It’s seen better days and its owners obviously thought it had nothing left of value and it was discarded.
Isn’t that how we are before God steps in and says “I see potential in you.”
I took my daughter with me to see the lamp I had found. I thought it would look great in her den. She had a hard time seeing any virtue in the old thing.
I said, “You’re just going to have to trust me.”
I primed it, covered all the blemished and made it whiter than snow…..ummm ~ what an interesting concept.
Her den is green with red sofa and so I decided to paint the back ground green and somehow create poppies in some of the indentions….
Isn’t that the way we are? We can’t see anything but our shortcomings and can’t see past them to what we could be.
If we could just figure out a way to release our potential to someone who could do something with us……hummm… you do see the poppies ~ don’t you?
I thought of the lines in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts’ character “Vivian” gives her friend “Kit” some money because “You’ve got potential” and then later that same friend gives some of the money to her friend because “you got potential.”
That’s what God says about each and everyone of us. He takes us as we are or as we have made ourselves….a plu-perfect mess and feeling worthless and God says “You’ve got potential.”
And even tho we may not want to believe it or we can’t see it, there’s someone who sees the potential in us….after all…This is the Creator who made the world out of nothing…surely he can make something out of you and me.
God says “Trust me, you’ve got potential.”
I bought a new shade and painted a new finial to match. My husband put a new switch on and rewired it….
My daughter claims she had faith in me all along…. 🙂
Who knew life lessons could be learned from something as mundane as a lamp make-over.?
My lesson for this week….I will look beyond what I can see and find the potential in others…and I will extend mercy to all. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy!
So dear reader, remember that Someone far greater than me has already made it loud and clear He thinks you are more than worth it….In His eyes You have GREAT POTENTIAL! He who makes all things new can make something awesome out of you….just Trust Him.
I pray your day and the coming week is blessed and that the Lord himself will show you just how much potential He sees in you….warts and all.