Correcting a Mistake

For the second time in the five years of art classes, I have taken to class a piece that at one time, I wanted to toss.  Once again, my teacher patiently looks at it, giving me guidance and suggestions on how to correct the errors.  Never does she condemn or criticize  unkindly, but urges me onward with suggestions that will correct.    This reminds me of God guiding me in times I may feel that I totally messed up and there is no way out.  He doesn’t punish me nor does He condemn me but gently lifts me up to a clearer and higher view of the challenge.  Graciously, my thought begins to change as I remove ego.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reads “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

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Be Gentle with Yourself

This morning I noticed I was a little irritated about something.  Then it went full force into guilt since there are so many going through so much right now.  I immediately went to Psalm 68:19 that reads “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”  Nowhere in that verse says I need to punish my self for an error in my thinking, only correct it!

Today, I will practice being gentle with myself because that is the only way I can be worth anything to anyone else!

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