“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

2 Corinthians 3:17

Last weekend I was part of a small high school gathering. I was excited to see everyone, so when I walked into the restaurant with knots in my stomach, I was thrown. Forty years later I was back in the throes of adolescent stress, anxiety, screw-ups, and shortcomings.

And then it passed. I greeted classmates, empathized with aches and pains, celebrated grandchildren, and remembered those no longer with us.

I’m amazed that memories can still send me reeling. I’m 64 and in a moment can stagger under the weight of a 17-year old’s difficult walk through adolescence.

The same can happen in my walk of faith. I am saved by grace through faith and this not of my own doing (Ephesians 2:8), but I still have moments where I’m clinging to screw-ups and shortcomings in a shortsighted, mistaken attempt at some sort of humility, some way to stay grounded. It does neither. It denies the gift given. It focuses on me and what I’ve done and not God and what He’s done. Nothing (me) verses EVERYTHING (Him)!

May you walk in freedom, remembering that God’s loving kindness was our saving grace.

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