One night, way back, in my life B.C., I was out with friends. We may have helped ourselves to one (or ten) too many party favors as we did so often back then. Which reminds me! The names in this story have been changed to protect the no so innocent.
I don’t remember where we were, but we had stopped at a store. We had been drinking so I’m sure I had to pee. As we were about to walk in, I noticed Lenny checking out his reflection in the window, only he was really, really close. Lenny never passed up a chance to look at himself! I stopped to ask him what he was doing , and he said “Why didn’t you tell me I had this huge zit on my forehead?!” Except it sounded like his mouth was full of marbles. Because he was drunk…get it? Y’all, he had stopped dead in his tracks to pop that zit. I’m just glad he had noticed it before! After seeing what squirted onto that window, if I’d noticed the zit earlier, when I was a tad drunker, I would’ve sho’nuff lost all my party favors! Eww!
When we walked into the store, we realized that the window Lenny had just left his mark on wasn’t just a window!!! Well, it was, but it was a two-way mirror! And y’all, there were people on the other side of that glass eating! It was a truck-stop/diner! I bet the people on the other side were either laughing hysterically, sick as a dog, or pissed! I know if it had’ve been me on the other side of that mirror eating, and I’d witnessed that?! I would’ve been bitter! But, I wasn’t on the other side of the window, so it was hilarious! Especially when I realized how embarrassed Lenny was.
When we do embarrassing things, it’s hard for people who witness it, to change their image of us. These days, with social media, you never know who’s seeing what you’re doing and saying. In my lifetime, I’ve personally done lots of things, in front of many different people, that has most likely left a bad image. It can be hard to overcome, and some people’s opinion of me may never change, which kinda sucks. However, now that I am living for The Lord, I try to focus on what matters…and that’s HIS opinion! Often times, satan will use our pasts against us. He’ll tell you that you can’t overcome your past. That’s one of the biggest lies ever told! God can take any situation and use it for His glory!
We can’t go back and change our pasts , but God can restore the years the locusts have eaten *Joel 2:25. Hopefully that includes erasing the memory of Lenny mashing the zit in the two-way mirror. And here’s what we have to remember, all the bad things we’ve done? We shouldn’t be ashamed! Not at all! We should use those things to tell, and show others what God’s done in our lives! Our messes are our messages!