October 9, 2012
It seems to be a part of human nature to fret about things in the past that didn’t go well, or that you wish you’d (or they’d) done differently. Even though we know that fretting doesn’t accomplish anything (in fact, absolutely nothing), but because it appears to be too late to fix it we get caught up in a swirl of what ifs and yeah, buts.
What if it’s not too late to fix it? I mean, really. What if there were a way to resolve all of those large and small events from our past that keep niggling at thought? We could give up the distraction of wondering and instead have the contentment of resolution. I’m here to tell you that there is a way!
In fact, Jesus said of himself, “I am the way, the truth, the life.” (see John 14:6) How does that help you and me? It puts every detail of our existence into perspective. If we hold our history up to the light of the Master Christian’s example, we see that both his words and his deeds offer an exact solution to any and every situation. That’s right. ANY and EVERY.
When the woman taken in adultery was forcibly brought to him (see John 8) did he say to her, “they’re right, you know. Sorry.” No, he reached out to his Heavenly Father for a resolution that would bless everyone. But, he didn’t leave it there. He sent the woman on her way with the inspiration – and requirement – to start fresh.
When he was criticized for dining with Zacchaeus – a sinner – his resolution was to instead, bless the tax collector by confirming that “this day is salvation come to this house.” (see Luke, chapter 19) And in the parable of the Prodigal Son, the father doesn’t exact of the returning penitent repayment of all that he’d wasted in riotous living. His message to both sons (yes, even the self-righteous older brother) was “thou art ever with me and all that I have is thine.” (see Luke chapter 15)
That’s the message the healing Christ is still giving to the world today, right now: all that I have is yours. All the good, all the salvation, all the joy, all the safety, all the progress are yours. Don’t get stuck in wishful thinking or self-flaggelation. Lift up your hearts and hopes and see the REAL way, truth, and life. See and believe. Every single event can be rewritten and reformed to bless you and all.
It’s not too late.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.