Here is my confession:
2015 has been a really difficult year. Full of struggles and pain, and I spent most of the time, lost and bewildered as to what was going on.
I had lost hope in life and relationships
But, what I didn’t realize, was that I had actually given up on myself.
I had absolutely no hope for myself.
I considered myself a lost cause and had given myself up for dead. I was settled and resigned to live a life void of hope. A dead life.
A life that was void of LIFE.
I didn’t care anymore about how I looked,
I didn’t care about how I felt,
how relationships were going and I didn’t care about what I was doing.
I just didn’t care anymore,
Or more accurately, I didn’t have the capacity or ability to care about anything anymore.
So, I just plodded along,
with no desire or hope for things to ever get better.
I settled for a life void of joy and purpose. And I didn’t even recognize how far I had fallen.
I was so resigned and used to depression, that I really couldn’t see how beaten down I was.
I thought about death, as if it were something to look forward to
But then a ray of hope reached its hand out to me.
And it dawned on me….. I am not a lost cause!
God has not given up on me.
And if he hasn’t given up on me, then I don’t want to give up on me either!
God hasn’t lost hope for me.
I am not a lost cause.
God’s mercies are still waiting for me, even after all this time!
He looks at me with mercy and compassion and tenderness and has not abandoned me.
(Somehow, I was convinced that God had abandoned me)
But he has not lost hope for me,
and he does not condemn me, for being a wayward child.
I AM NOT A LOST CAUSE!
There IS hope for me yet!
There is more life for me to live!
It’s not over!
After all this time God was still holding out for me,
waiting for me, waiting to give me a 500th chance.
Waiting to give it another go.
When I had lost hope for myself,
When I stopped caring whether I lived or died.
He still cared!
When I thought all was lost.
He welcomed me in, with open arms.
Thank you Jesus!
I don’t deserve so many chances,
and I don’t understand how your love can run so deep…
but thank you for carrying about the little things I care about.
Thank you, for never giving up on me!
“When the lord brought back the captive ones, we were like those who dreamed.
My mouth was full of laughter, and joyful shouting,
I will sing among the nations, the Lord has done great things!!
the Lord has done great things for me!
I, who sowed in tears, now reap in joyful shouting!”