Have you ever covered up a nail hole in your wall by hanging a picture over it until you have time to fix it? Time gets away from us and then before we know it, we have several holes in the drywall and not always the right picture to cover it up. The day finally comes when you must spackle it, sand it and repaint it to fill all the holes.

            We all have plenty of mistakes from our past that we would like to hide. We are ashamed and try to cover them up with pretty parts of ourselves and mask the real holes in our life. But until we allow God to fix them for us, they’ll always be there, haunting us. We will always be damaged.

            Our past is like a big gaping hole in the drywall that only Christ can fill and repair for us. Small mistakes lead to big ones, small white lies to cover up our mistakes lead to bigger ones and before we know it if we aren’t working on damage control, we are in over our heads. Years can go by while we are waiting to repair our damage. We put it off until another day and then another. Before long we start to believe the lies. Our holes get bigger and harder to cover up.

            But God sent His Son to cover all our mistakes and repair our damage so we could have a new life, a fresh start to try again with a new perspective. We can’t fix all the holes in our life by ourselves. But with Christ, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26, ESV).

            Our problems and mistakes seem very big to us, especially when we are in the middle of them. But God is bigger than all our mistakes combined! He can cover all of them for us if we just give them to Him and stop trying to do our damage control every single day. On our own, we can’t get our heads above water. But God turns the water we are drowning in, into Living Water to sustain us and wash away our sins. He throws us a lifeline and then helps us with all the repairs.

            To God, all our damage is minor repairs in preparation for a new life with Christ. What would it look like in your life today, if you chose to let God be your handyman? Ask Him to fill the holes in your life and cover all your past mistakes with the beautiful picture of Christ.

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless (Isaiah 40:29).

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16).

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time- to show us his grace through Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9).

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