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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pore Strips?!

Pore Strips. You know those sticky things you put on your nose and face to remove whiteheads and blackheads from your pores? Not exactly how I envisioned my comeback to the blogging world, but hey, you can't exactly choose when and what God will use as an inspiration to impart His lessons.

So then I asked, what could I possibly learn from this? It didn't take long to realize that just as the pore strips purge our face of impurities, we sometimes need to purge ourselves of impurities to become better children of God.

Every now and then we need to do an assessment of ourselves, much like doing a yearly appraisal report at work. What is currently working and what is not? What battles are we currently fighting? Are there negative people in our lives that could be affecting us? Maybe addictions we need to cure? Bad habits to stop? Relationships to restore? What can we do to turn these things around? What is stopping us from rising above these challenges? One thing comes to mind: Pride.

Whether we like to admit it or not, pride is what's stopping us from becoming a better person. We don't want to admit that we were wrong; we don't want to take the first step to reach out to someone we've had a falling out with; and we're ashamed to come to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. His forgiveness endures and is free to those who seek it. We can rid ourselves of impurities by going to confession and resolving to avoid the near occasions of sin.

A good friend always reminds me that we have a forgiving God. He loves us unconditionally. We just need to accept that and be humbled in the fact that we are unworthy of His love, yet He is faithful. He never tires of waiting for you to seek Him. Who are we to turn Him away? Who are we to reject His invitation to enter His Kingdom?

Maybe it's time to do some reflection...

God loves you and me!

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