Everyone makes mistakes. It is the way of the world. There is not one perfect person walking on this earth. Do you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Who am I? Who have I become?” Do you carry the weight of your mistakes on your shoulders? This is what society has done to us. As we go through our lives the consequences of our decisions stalk us. The society that surrounds us has drilled it into our minds and bodies that our mistakes define us. We have become walking labels. But it is worse than society defining us. Instead of society, we define ourselves. We write across our own foreheads our failures. But here is the thing…
You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.
‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done,
But what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been,
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.
You are more- Tenth Avenue North
The thing is, you are more. Your past mistakes are not tallied upon your head. You are forgiven. First John 2:12 says, “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” Forgiveness is simple; your sins are washed away. But letting go of your sin is harder. Because society teaches us to hold on we feel obligated, we feel shame for what we have done. From living experience I can tell you that it is harder to live with the weight of your sin on your shoulders than to give it away. Jesus died to save us from this burden. Let him take it away. Colossians 2:13-14 says, “When you were dead in you sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” God has made you more than your mistakes. Live that way. Do not be afraid to shed the layers of your guilt. If someone tells you not to, look them in the eye and say, “I am more.” Because you are more, you are loved, you are valued, and you are cherished. You are God’s beloved creation. He died for you. You are more.