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Sometimes children say things to us that prick our hearts so deeply we only stare in amazement that they would say such profound words. Then we realize they are speaking back to us what we have said to them. We didn’t think they were listening, but suddenly out of the blue there it is. Spoken in the same words we had shared with them. And it hits home. Right to our hearts. If there was any doubt whether they were hearing us or not, now it is gone and it is too late to take those words back. Too late to say you are sorry or to correct it. I wonder… is it too late with God?
It has occurred to me of late, how many times I have told God I promise to do such and such. Then comes a day that I realize I did not keep those promises. In Ecclesiastes we are told it better to not to promise than to make a vow and not keep it. (Ecclesiastes 5:4-6, “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake…” (NIV)). I’ve tried to live my life that way. I rarely make promises to anyone. Except…myself. I’ve made promises over and over to lose weight, get my house clean, exercise, read my Bible and pray more often…the list goes on. And isn’t that the same thing as promising to God or others, only doing it privately in your heart?
BUT I DON’T KEEP THEM.
So now what do I do? I’ve broken my promises to myself and to God. Where do I go from here? I would suspect you would tell me to seek repentance, forgive myself and then go and do what I should have already been doing. Because to know to do right and not to do it is sin. Correct? (James 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” (NIV)).
God gives second chances but does He give third and fourth chances? I sure hope so. I think I’ll take Him up on it and find out.
The road to good intentions is paved with purest gold
it shines upon our faces filling us with wondrous hope
it can lead us on a pathway of strength, resolve and victory
but often times it only leads to guilt, despair and misery.
Time goes by paved with gold intentions
every day giving the gift of making good decisions
yet only in making the decisions that are right
will our gold intentions become reality instead of regret.
~Marcell Warner Bridges
Dear Jesus, thank You that You keep Your promises to us. That You never fail us and You love us, ready to forgive when we ask. Thank You that You never give up on us.
© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts 2013