I have to admit….. I’m a little obsessed with this song by Big Daddy Weave. Have you heard it? If you haven’t, you really should stop what you are doing and go listen to it…
The first part of the song goes like this:
If I told you my story, you would hear Hope that wouldn’t let go.
If I told you my story, you would hear Love that never gave up.
If I told you my story, you would hear Life, but it wasn’t mine.
Hope. Love. Life.
Some amazing things right?
If you were asked to tell story, what would you say? How would you describe the things that you have been through? Would you be embarrassed? Ashamed? Proud? Or, would you feel anything?
I spent a very long time feeling so ashamed of the things that I had done and was doing. Wanting so desperately to hide under a rock or feeling like everyone knew your past…….I mean, they must know right??
Here’s what I know.
Once I recognized my life was spirally out of control, I cried out to the only one that I could cry out to. No matter how we try to fill our lives of things that make us feel good or things that don’t make us feel good, we just do them because we feel we deserve the worst.
But then guess what happens… Hope enters. It enters in a way that crumbles the feelings of shame and regret. It breaks down every barrier of anger and sadness and hopelessness that you feel. Hope makes way for Love.
The kind of Love that enters into your life even when you can barely drag yourself out of the miry clay. The kind of Love that says, “I don’t care what you’ve done. I love you no matter what.” Love makes way for Life.
Life. Not your life mind you. It’s Jesus’ life being lived out in you. The kind of Life that tells everyone that something is different about her or him.
Life that spills out because you can’t contain it.
I think that sometimes we as Christians have forgotten how to live as victors. We have victory over our past sins! They’re gone my sweet friends. That’s what Jesus died for. God desperately wants a relationship with us. He loves us beyond what we can even comprehend.