My friend, may I ask you a question? When we develop a ritual of confession, a mini-inventory, and go through it each and every night in a review of the day, does the power of repentance flood into our lives?If we need to look for signs of self-pity, self-justification, dishonesty, resentment, selfishness, and fear, perhaps we need to make a note?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I'm a list maker. Each day I start out my day with either a written list or a digital calendar in front of me. I sit down the day previous to the date and arrange the following 24 hours. Each task gets prioritized and color coded according to what part of my life it affects; green for household tasks, blue for writing that must be done, brown for chores in town, etc. I didn't always make lists, however. There was a time in my life when I simply relied on memory and breathing deeply to put my day's tasks into order. That time has long since passed. Too many jobs have been overlooked and chores forgotten to allow myself that little luxury. Lists not only give me the ability to jog my memory, they provide the best opportunity for evaluating tasks and eliminating things that, simply, just aren't necessary to burden the schedule with.
When it comes to unburdening our lives, lives often cluttered with guilt, perhaps a list might come in just as handy.
Here's a story: A man was carrying a multitude of sin on his back and the burden was too much to bear. He wondered for a time as to what to do and then decided that he would call a pastor he knew who lived 500 miles away and asked, "Would you hear my confession?" His friend's consoling voice told him he'd be happy to hear it but it needed to be in person. The man made a long list of his own character flaws and defects and the many people he had wronged throughout his life. Then he travelled to the pastor’s home city, sat before him, and read aloud the entire list without looking up. It took many minutes to finish. At the end, the man held his head in his hands, waiting for a response. There was nothing but silence. He kept expecting the blow to fall. Nothing. When he forced himself to raise his head, he saw that the pastor was crying. "My God, friend," the pastor said, "That's my list too." Suddenly a path toward forgiveness opened wide and the confesser and confessor began a healing journey. (Source unknown)
When we develop a ritual of confession, a mini-inventory, and go through it each and every night in a review of the day, the power of repentance will flood into our lives. We need to look for signs of self-pity, self-justification, dishonesty, resentment, selfishness, and fear, and make a note. As we identify each instance and, perhaps, jot a note to make amends to the people we've wronged, confession becomes easier, more regular. Then, having cleared ourselves of the day's toxins, list the good things that happened, breath a prayer of gratitude, and goes to sleep. Sleep comes easier to a heart and mind thus unburdened. God never sleeps, let Him handle the guilt; besides, He has bigger shoulders than you and I.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we lower our heads before You and we confess that we have too often forgotten that we are Yours. Sometimes we carry on our lives as if there was no God and we fall short of being a credible witness to You. For these things we ask Your forgiveness and we also ask for Your strength. Give us clear minds and open hearts so we may witness to You in our world. Remind us to be who You would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to You and build our relationship with You and with those You have given us on earth. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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