This morning, as I start to plan some life changing goals, I was thinking about becoming a new person. This new person would be healthier and more joyful. As I planned, I started feeling anxiety creeping into my core. Why? Because I always fail when moving in a new direction. This is not true, but this was the voice in my head.
I have had occasion to witness the power of words like never and always in my life and in the life of others. These words can be intensely damaging to our psyche. The truth is – each day is a new day. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can avoid the weaknesses and failures of yesterday in our today and tomorrow. We are not bound by anything because we are free in Christ.
Living in the freedom of Christ is not something that happens over night or with a one time election. The truth is, God works differently than we expect him to work. Sometimes, there is a learning curve on getting out of bad habits, but a learning curve is not the same as being bound to always fail; to never getting it right. Each day is a day filled with hope of growing in grace and supernatural wisdom on how to live our lives more in the image of Christ.
Spend some time today talking to God about how you can become free from all that holds you down. Invite the Holy Spirit into your day to guide you in wisdom on breaking bad habits and how to move without the bonds of yesterday holding you down. Feel the freedom that comes into your day when you ask God to free you from all that holds you back. Make sure you are patient with yourself if you fall down. Just re-invite the Spirit back in, dust yourself off, and keep trusting that God is in charge.
Ms. Debra Weldon, O.P.