Yep, I know what you’re thinking: “There she goes again, making tara-ble puns with her name.” Well, yes and no. This time, I am taking a different approach to the lasting legacy between my name and puns. I wanted to add a more spiritual component to my current blog by discussing real thoughts and relating them to The Big Man Upstairs. I know you’re all very familiar with Parables, so alas…here we have arrived at Tarables.
Let’s take the story of the Prodigal Son for example. Long story short…a man has two sons. The one runs off and makes less-than-ideal choices with his life. He decides to return home and expects a less-than-friendly welcome back, only to find his father actually welcomes him back with open arms. Of course, the other son that has committed his life to making wholesome choices is miffed about this, but come to think of it, his feelings are probably quite natural if you think about it…but let’s move on.
So moral of the story? The father emulates God’s love for us by setting aside the feelings of disappointment, concern, anger, and sadness for a force that is even more powerful: love. If the father in the story and God, the Father can set aside all of that negativity for love, why can’t we do that for ourselves?
Take the early adulthood years as an example. Every day (at least for me…can’t speak for everyone, but work with me on this generalization), we make choices that help us grow into better versions of ourselves, but sometimes…we make choices that we question, or even make mistakes, and immediately begin to grow feelings of doubt for ourselves. We forget to celebrate all the good that has happened because we dwell on one little mishap.
We allow one little ounce of negativity to completely captivate the attention of our optimism. Not having a plan for the future, not knowing what is next, feeling insecure in all of the “adulting” matters has the power to make us believe that we aren’t good enough and that we will never be enough. WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES?
I don’t necessarily have the answer, but I’ll always be here to provide some food for thought. Sure, we aren’t as strong as God because obviously He has the power to welcome us back with open arms. However, let’s not forget that we are indeed made in His image, thus, shouldn’t we provide more grace for ourselves? That’s what Jesus would do.
So next time you feel as though you aren’t enough, or that you’ve made too many mistakes, or that you’re living with limitless regret, stop and remember that God will always welcome you back with open arms and a clean slate: now you have the power to do that for yourself too. Love the person that you have become. Forgive yourself because He forgives us.