Having lived my 54 years with a full lifetime of endeavors, it is impossible for to have done so without doing some things for which I need redemption, that is to be completely and totally forgiven and move on with the knowledge that I’ve learned and won’t make that mistake again. As a serial entrepreneur this is most often an occurrence in business but as a divorced father of six children, my personal life has also had its ups and downs and a real need to find redemption from challenges that have occurred.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “Redemption” as “the act of making something better or more acceptable”. How often in our lives do we have the strong feeling “Oops, I wish I hadn’t done that” or “I wish I could turn back the clock on that one”. The fact is it’s impossible to live a full life and not have a few hiccups along the way that cry out for redemption. A family failure, business failure, social failure, the list goes on and on. The question so often though is, where do we find redemption? What prevents us from being redeemed?
The Christian faith teaches that redemption from our original sin is found only in the Christ, the Messiah. But what of the misdeeds we do here on earth, while we’re living? Yes, there may be eternal forgiveness but the redemption we need here on earth is often a difficult thing to come by. Why? Because it is our need to forgive ourselves for our misdeeds that helps us put these things behind us and in perspective and we are for some reason loathe oftentimes to forgive ourselves.
The Spiritual Path of one’s life often conflicts with the Emotional Path in that our own insecurities play into things like redemption. In this event, we need to use our Intellectual Path to isolate the issue which is causing us suffering and evaluate it on an intellectual level eliminating as much of the emotional issues as we can. By doing this, you will bring clarity to the real issues that bring you strife and as they can now be fully understood from all angels, you may find that your ability to forgive yourself is multiplied.
Yes, this sounds easy and no, it’s not easy to do in reality. But just because something is hard to do doesn’t make it not the right thing to do. Your life is too precious for you to wallow around in the misery of your own thoughts. There are certainly times when we have a difficult time forgiving ourselves for our transgressions but remember always, you are human and the very nature of humanity means we make mistakes.
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