At the end of this second week of Lent and our time of self-examination, I again caution — “take it easy on yourself, God does.”
I have a former teammate who is suffering from too many blows to the head during his football days. When I call him he is always in the best mood saying, “Hubbell when you can’t remember anything, there’s not much to be unhappy about.”
There’s a lesson in his words to all of us. Yes, there are some mistakes in our past that we carry for the rest of our lives. They are part of us, but not who we are.
In all faiths God is understanding and forgiving, and if there is one clear message of Jesus’s ministry besides love, it is understanding and forgiving, especially oneself.
Self-examination is an exercise meant to improve, not to tear down. Great athletes go over and over their mistakes not to beat themselves up, but to improve. Remember this, and take from the process a desire to do better and to please God.
Have a great weekend. One of the beauties of Lent is it begins in the dead of winter, but spring is right around the corner, so is the new beginning that Easter always brings.