"I realize that God is in control of the universe, that the mistakes in my past, while dramatic to me, did not ruin God's plan beyond repair. God is sovereign, and His plans cannot be thwarted by someone like me. He can fill in the blanks of my mistakes, teaching my children what I failed to teach, restoring what I destroyed, rebuilding what I tore down, redeeming what I sold away.
And He tells me to
stop looking back, to press on toward the prize...He knew my mistakes
before I ever made them, yet He still planned to use me anyway. He
didn't see me as The Great Loser, but as someone uniquely gifted with
something to be used in His kingdom work. Where I see myself as a
disappointment, He sees me as an asset. He already knows the fruit I
will bear for Him, and my future is on His mind so much more than my
If He can see me that way, why wouldn't I want to
press on toward that goal, and wave good-bye to my fragmented,
imperfect past? The future is so much brighter in Christ, and I have so
many sisters and brothers who need strengthening.
Thank you, Lord, for seeing my potential instead of my past."
- Terri Blackstock