I’M NOT A LOSER!

You’ve heard Jesus’ words in Mt 11:28, “In this world there will be trials and tribulations, pressures and frustrations, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

Well, I did, too… many times… but my understanding was incomplete and so I didn’t see how this exactly worked.

Then I had this awesome opportunity recently where it was so vividly laid out for me!

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So here’s the story: I was in the Portland Airport and I had just settled in to do some work at a work station. I had 2 hours before my ride came, and after a very hectic schedule, I was ready to just relax. I took out my lap top, plugged it in, positioned my fingers over the keyboard, when all of a sudden, I heard over the loudspeaker, “Maryann Ehmann, please call the paging center.”

You know, hearing your name in a busy airport is not usually a good sign. Instinctively, I looked in my purse and saw my wallet missing. Once again, I heard my mother’s scolding voice, “Maryann! You are careless, careless, careless!!”

How hard I have tried over the years to correct this awful flaw! And yet… I have continued to forget things, misplace them, and drop them in places where they would normally never be seen again.

However… I always get them back. Keys. Wallet. Cell phone. Yep. Always, just like this time.

I had left my wallet on the counter at one of the stores, and the kind customer rep gave it to a cop, who hung on to it, until he found me, and within 5 minutes, he did! On another occasion, someone found my cell phone on the floor near a gate just as a policeman was walking by. How convenient!

Do you know how frustrating it would be for me if my things never got returned to me? Oh, my!

But I can be of good cheer because God does not wag His finger in my face and point out how careless I am. He doesn’t say, “When are you going to get it, Maryann?” or “How many times are we going to have to do this?”

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No… he overcomes not just the world where theft is common, but He also overcomes my tendency to lose things. He protects me and my things, so I can freely travel and do what He has called me to do without worry, guilt, or condemnation.

He loves me just the way I am, and gladly compensates for my shortcomings. In fact, I don’t even think He sees them!

I may lose things, but I’m not a loser!!

Part of living a magnificent life is knowing that God’s got your back and you don’t have to do it all perfectly. I am so grateful for a God who delights in us, doesn’t shame us, and more than adequately redeems and restores all that we lose, whether material or otherwise.

Love,

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