Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

I know most of us are beyond tired of this weather, but follow me on this comparison for a minute.

One of the biggest predictors of success is how we respond to setbacks.  When you fall off your diet and have nothing but junk food for lunch, do you make sure you get back on track for dinner? Or does your cheat meal turn into a cheat week?  This snowball effect has a much bigger impact on our progress than the original mistake ever could.

We’re all going to have times when we miss the mark in our walk with God.  But it’s at that moment we need to decide whether we’re going to allow our emotions of guilt and shame to drive us away from Him — or if we’re going to receive the conviction of His Holy Spirit in a way that leads us to make a lasting change.

The next time you’re tempted to allow a single mistake to completely derail your progress, remember that God’s discipline is a direct result of His love for us.  True conviction always comes with a plan for restoration and redemption!

Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor