Four things

Nothing super deep today, just four things I want you to know:

1. Know that you are deeply, desperately loved by Jesus. I know that can ring hollow sometimes when you’re going through crap. I’ve been there, and believe me, I have no wise answers, no solutions to the age old question: But if God’s real, why do awful things happen?

I seriously don’t know. But he does love you, and I just needed to say that to you today.

You are loved.

2. Forgive yourself and move on. If you do something wrong, ask forgiveness, and move on with your life. Don’t make a mess and sit in it because you feel like you deserve it. See item #1. It’s a lot easier to love and forgive yourself if you believe you’re loved and forgiven, and then it’s a lot easier to love and forgive others.

[EDIT: There’s another caveat to this. Sometimes, when we screw up, it takes other people awhile to let go of what we’ve done. But here’s truth: Jesus forgave you when you asked, and you still must forgive yourself and continue to live. Please do not feel obligated to remain in a place of inactivity and guilt just because other people think you should stay there (even if “other people” are family, friends, or long-winded blog authors). If Jesus forgave you, it is finished. Nobody can put you back in jail.]

3. Uh, I’m kind of sucking at both of these today. Just a little honesty there.

4. You really should go eat some chocolate. I know you’re thinking about it. DO IT.

Peace.

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