Our broken hearts will steer us off track no matter how good our intentions are. As believers, we often overlook one of the greatest gifts God has for us - healing. We cast it aside thinking if we have Jesus in our hearts we shouldn’t need healing, thinking it is for others.
We should be whole.
We should be happy.
We should know what we’re doing.
And so we “should” ourselves to death.
Jesus doesn’t tell us what we should be. He tells us who we are and then invites us to remove everything that tries to turn us away from the truth of who He is, and who He says we are. He invites us to let Him heal all our broken places, including that broken GPS system that can’t seem to do anything but make wrong turns.
Today, ask yourself, what are those old familiar things I keep “shoulding” myself over… “I should stop yelling at my kids, I should be kinder to my husband, I should stop looking at so much television, facebook, (insert other time consuming social media name here)”...
What are those things you keep beating yourself up over? Today we are going to give all those things to Jesus because unlike what you have believed for so long, you don’t need to exercise more self-control or modify your behavior, or just “get it together.”
In the places where you are consistently making wrong turns, it is far more likely that you need healing in that part of your heart. So we are going to hand Jesus all of our “shoulds” and our failures and ask Him what He has for us instead. Ask what He wants to heal, what we need Him to heal.
“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
Jesus, we may not have realized it before now, but we have broken places that we need You to heal. We ask You to come with Your comfort and Your light and expose the places we try to hide and minimize, the places we keep telling ourselves we “should” be better. We lay down all our attempts to make ourselves better, to fix ourselves, to be our own Savior. You are the Only Savior, and we need You. Forgive us for trying to take Your place and teach us how to be saved and healed by You. Show us how to let go of all our striving. Help us forgive ourselves for how we fail to love and how we fall short even on our best days. We release ourselves into Your gentle, loving, capable hands and ask You to fix what is broken, what is hurting, what is not whole. Make us new. Make us fully and completely Yours.
Author: Brooke Kireta