Every Sunday, I take a break from writing about Work, Life, and Changing the World. Instead, I write about my imperfect understanding of God’s perfect love as my personal mission to spread His word and His love and to make a difference. You can read more Mission posts here.
Every time I give in to my addiction, I get paralyzed. I cannot think straight. I cannot write. I cannot serve out of love. How can I serve when my heart is impure? Worst of all, I shut God and other people out of my life.
But while attending mass one afternoon, God knew how broken and paralyzed I was because of my sins. He impressed upon me to never stop doing good even while I am still a sinner, to never stop serving out of love, and to never stop shining my light through writing, blogging, or something else even when my heart is impure.
One wrong thing does not correct another wrong thing.
One mistake does not correct another mistake.
Inaction does not solve anything, let alone solve my problems.
Shutting God and other people out of my life only leads me deeper into my addiction and into a vicious cycle of sinning.
Repentance is not about feeling bad about yourself for what you have or have not done. It’s also not just about feeling sorry of your sins. It’s about doing good despite being a sinner. It’s about shining your light no matter how dim it may seem right now because of your shortcomings.
God is a God who restores.
Every time you commit a sin or give in to your own addiction, don’t let it prevent you from doing good.
Don’t let it prevent you from receiving God’s grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness.
Don’t let it prevent you from shining your light, loving, and serving others.
God loves us even while we are still sinners.
Let us be like Zacchaeus who received God’s forgiveness and repented by doing good and serving others.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” — Luke 19:2-10