Spiritual growth in Jacksonville Presbyterian Church

A seeker after the truth came to a holy man for guidance.

“Tell me, wise one, how did you become holy?”
“Two words.”
“And what are they, please?”
“Right choices.”
The seeker was fascinated. “How does one learn to choose rightly?”
“One word.”
“One word! May I have it, please?” the seeker asked.
The seeker was thrilled. “How does one grow?”
“Two words.”
“What are they, please tell?”
“Wrong choices.”

It is so true, isn’t it? Failure can be our greatest teacher – because failure is painful. We don’t readily forget what we got wrong. Many people carry around guilt and shame from their past like a ton of bricks. However, if instead we learn from our past mistakes, we will grow in character, we will grow in love and understanding of others, and we will grow in our resolve to get it right the next time around.

St. Augustine once wrote, “There is no saint without past. And, there is no sinner without a future.”

As my friend Rev. Dr. Herb Meza puts it, “There is more grace in God than there is sin in us!”

Thanks be to God!

Let us pray: God of grace, we thank you for your love and forgiveness. Take our past mistakes and failures and use them to shape us for the better. And then, use us as instruments of your love and grace. Amen.



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