• Paige Barker

Page 22: Run to God with Your Mess-Ups

Have you ever made a really dumb decision? Like royally messed up? I’ll be the first to raise my hand because I know I FOR SURE have. I’ve made some not great decisions that have left me feeling ashamed, embarrassed, and as if I’m a terrible person at times.

If you’re in that place today, can I tell you something? (I’m also reminding myself of this today too.) God still loves you. He still cares about you. And He still wants you… all of you. Even the parts of you that you think are too "horrible" to love. The more I walk with God, the more I learn that He’s a Heavenly Dad waiting with arms wide open to embrace me in those moments. But because He is a loving Father, there will still be correction, redirection, and consequences for our choices. However, it’s all in love because God IS love. It is the essence of who He IS. If you’re feeling anything but love, that is not God. Yes, He corrects, but you still feel His love when He does so.

I used to think that I had to stay away from God when I messed up. I used to think He would be so disappointed with me and upset. I used to think that because I messed up, I somehow ruined His plans for my life, or disqualified myself from what He had for me. Turns out I’m not that powerful. He still has great plans for my life because He loves me. And now I know that I can run full force into His presence when I mess up because He’s a LOVING Dad.

I’d be lying if I said I don't still have some of those thoughts when I mess-up… I do. But the difference now is I don’t let myself stay in those thoughts. I’ve learned to lean into God’s presence even in the middle of my mess-up. And it’s when I lean in that I feel His love for me.

I hope you'll choose to run to God with your mess-ups today because He's waiting for you.